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TWiV 356: Got viruses?

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

A preliminary report on the contact-independent antagonism of Pseudogymnoascus destructans by Rhodococcus rhodochrous strain DAP96253

This article provides the preliminary results of a possible treatment/ Biological control agent for White Nose Syndrome (WNS) cause by Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It is estimated that over 5.5 of North American bats have died due to this deadly disease. Recently this method of treatment descri... Read More

ASM Live at #ICAAC / ICC - Monitoring the Microbiome in Leukemia Patients Could Reduce Infections During Chemotherapy

Jessica Galloway-Peña, Ph.D., fellow in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and her colleagues have shown that disruption of the microbiome by illness or the administration of therapeutics can often lea... Read More

TWiP 98: Resistance is not futile

The TWiP-lets reveal Balamuthia infection in the Children from Peru, and discuss resistance to pyrethroids uncovered by RNA sequencing of Anopheles mosquitoes.

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A collection of polioviruses

In midsummer 1986, five years after starting my poliovirus laboratory at Columbia University, I received a letter from Frederick L. Schaffer, a virologist at the University of California, Berkeley, asking if I would like to have his collection of poliovirus stocks. He was retiring and the sample... Read More

BacterioFiles 202 - Controlling Coliform Computers

This episode: Programming bacteria to sense and keep genomic records of environmental inputs!

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Sugar governs how antibodies work in the immune system

The immune system is our biological defense shield. Antibodies protect the organism against invading pathogens such as viruses or bacteria. In the case of certain autoimmune diseases, however, this defense behavior is misdirected: The antibodies don't just target foreign substances; they also at... Read More

Toxoplasma parasite's greedy appetite may be its downfall

Toxoplasma gondii is estimated to chronically infect nearly one-third of the world's population, causing the condition Toxoplasmosis. It is most commonly associated with handling cat feaces and is a particular threat to pregnant women and immune-compromised individuals, such as HIV/AIDS patients... Read More

TWiM 111 Letters

Noah writes:

Dear Dr. Schaechter,

First off, I want to thank you for the effort you and your colleagues have invested in Small Things Considered and the podcast TWIM.  Back when I had a longer commute to work, I listened more religiously than now, wh... Read More

BacterioFiles 209 - Myxococcus Menace Motivates Megastructures

This episode: Microbial predators in soil cause microbial prey to build fortifications!

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New Ebola cases in single digits another week, says WHO

DAKAR, Senegal - New Ebola cases were in the single digits another week, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, showing that contact tracing efforts are yielding results.

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Ebola post-crisis: Lessons for improving global health security

WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2015) - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law fall colloquium series continues Wednesday, Sept. 16 with a focus on Ebola. Read More

Rapid testing for TB aims to reduce drug resistance, lower mortality rate

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the accuracy of three new tests for more rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB), which are much harder and more expensive to treat and which, experts say, represent a major threat to globa... Read More

A new virus in liver cancer

More than a cause of a simple infection, viruses are often involved in the development of serious diseases. Such is the case with liver cancer, which often develops in an organ that has been weakened by hepatitis B or C virus. Researchers at Inserm, the Paris Public Hospitals (AP-HP), Paris Desc... Read More

Armed malaria protein found to kill cancer cells

A new type of cancer therapy based on seemingly unrelated elements of malaria and cancer is showing promise for development. Kairos Therapeutics, a Vancouver-based biotech company spun-out of The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), has partnered with VAR2 Pharmaceuticals to advance ... Read More

A case of prion disease acquired from contaminated beef

Spongiform encephalopathies are neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding of normal cellular prion proteins. A 2014 case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob prion disease in the United States was probably caused by eating beef from animals with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow d... Read More

The #LuxArt2015 Art Competition By My Students!

Because of all the recent interest in "microbiological art," I decided to challenge my Biology 350 students to "paint" using luminous bacteria. We have a balloting process, tallied the results, and made some appropriate awards! I think the world of my students, and I hope you enjoy this view i... Read More

TWiV 353: STING and the antiviral police

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

Early HIV treatment improves survival in some patients with newly diagnosed TB

PITTSBURGH, July 9, 2015 - Starting anti-HIV treatment within two weeks of the diagnosis of tuberculosis, or TB, improved survival among patients with both infections who had very low immune-cell counts, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of H... Read More

BacterioFiles 216 - Probiotic Promotes Peanut Permissiveness

This episode: Kate Franz and Matt Woodruff from Audiommunity join me to talk about a clinical trial of peanut immunotherapy with probiotics to treat peanut allergies!

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