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TWiV Special: Vincent Munster on MERS-coronavirus and Ebolavirus

At the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, Vincent speaks with Vincent Munster about the work of his laboratory on MERS-coronavirus and Ebolaviruses.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Researchers unravel how ticks protect themselves from Lyme bacteria and other microbes

Everyone agrees that ticks are exceedingly nasty creatures. For hundreds of millions of years, they have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. In humans, these diseases include many unpleasant and dangerous ill... Read More

Sunlight or bacteria? Scientists investigate what breaks down permafrost carbon

A Florida State University researcher is delving into the complexities of exactly how permafrost thawing in the Earth’s most northern regions is cycling back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and further fueling climate change.

Answer: It has a lot to do with tiny little bugs called micro... Read More

Create a masterpiece with your favorite microbes!

ASM's Agar Art 2017 contest is now open for submissions! Since 2015, Agar Art has provided an outlet for the creativity of ASM members and publically showcased the fun and diverse world of microbes. The contest has been covered by media outlets ranging from Discovery to BBC News.

Enter by su... Read More

ASM celebrates women in the microbial sciences

February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which recognizes “the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.” The United Nations (UN) General Assembly only recently established an annual international day in December 2015 to promote gender equality, ... Read More

Disease “superspreaders” were driving cause of 2014 Ebola epidemic

A new study about the overwhelming importance of “superspreaders” in some infectious disease epidemics has shown that in the catastrophic 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, about 3 percent of the people infected were ultimately responsible for infecting 61 percent of all cases.

The issue ... Read More

Un Tour d'Horizon

When biochemists deciphered the genetic code in the 1960s (the triplet 'al­pha­bet' for amino acids whose defined order make up the protein 'words' ) it was – and still is – the most compelling evi­­dence for a common "descent with modifications" (Charles Darwin) of all life on Earth: the al­pha... Read More

Kansas State University is the 'Silicon Valley for biodefense,' according to Blue Ribbon Study Panel

What Silicon Valley is to technology, Kansas State University is to biodefense.

When former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense visited the Manhattan campus on Thursday, Jan. 26, for a series of agrodefense discussions, the university ce... Read More

Association of maternal HSV-2 antibodies and autism spectrum disorder risk

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has no known single cause, and its growing incidence has led many researchers to study its influencing factors. While claims of vaccine relatedness are outright false, there are other variables that may contribute to a propensity toward ASD development, including e... Read More

TWiM Special: Q fever with Robert Heinzen

At the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, Vincent speaks with Robert Heinzen about the work of his laboratory on Q fever and its causative microbe, Coxiella burneti.


Hosts: 


Vincent ... Read More

Experimental malaria vaccine offers durable protection against many strains in NIH trial

An investigational malaria vaccine has protected a small number of healthy U.S. adults from infection with a malaria strain different from that contained in the vaccine, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The National Institute of ... Read More

Register for NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life To New Functions Workshop

Organized by the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life To New Functions Workshop aims to foster discussions centered on how to capture, define, quantify, and functionally characterize microbial and viral diversity. Metagenomic and single-cell sequence data have provi... Read More

Risk of Ross River Virus global epidemic

Australia’s Ross River Virus (RRV) could be the next mosquito-borne global epidemic according to a new research study led by the University of Adelaide and The Australian National University.

The virus has been thought to be restricted largely to Australia and Papua New Guinea where it is har... Read More

TWiM 146 Letters

Jonathan writes:


Hello TWiM Team,


I'm sure it's a long shot but here's hoping for #12!


I was catching up on a SciFri podcast recently and came across this story and just had to share it with you all. (Dr. Racaniello, I think Dixon would also appreciate this but I'll le... Read More

New Device Could Rapidly Detect Zika Virus at Airports

About the size of a tablet, a portable device that could be used in a host of environments like a busy airport or even a remote location in South America, may hold the key to detecting the dreaded Zika virus accurately, rapidly and inexpensively using just a saliva sample. While scientists acro... Read More

Antibiotic Resistance, Soap, and False Advertising

In September 2016, the FDA published an article barring consumers from purchasing and using certain antibacterial soaps. The article described the scientific evidence supporting disuse of antibacterial products, including liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes. We now know that... Read More

‘Smart’ bacteria remodel their genes to infect our intestines

Infectious diarrhea, a common disease of children, is responsible for over 2 million infant deaths annually in developing counties alone. A primary cause of this and other devastating conditions is enteropathogenic bacteria, which attack the intestinal tract when contaminated food is consumed.
... Read More

TWiM #146: Viral arbitrium

Vincent, Elio and Michael discuss the finding of a prion in bacteria, and how communication between bacteria guides the decision between lysis and lysogeny.


Hosts Vincent Racaniello Read More

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