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Research Ushers in New Era of Boutique Chocolate

Washington, DC – November 20, 2015 - A team of Belgian researchers has shown that the yeasts used to ferment cocoa during chocolate production can modify the aroma of the resulting chocolate. “This makes it possible to create a whole range of boutique chocolates to match everyone’s favorite flav... Read More

Mobile phone records may predict epidemics of mosquito-borne dengue virus

Boston, MA -- A new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that mobile phone records can be used to predict the geographical spread and timing of dengue epidemics. More people around the world are becoming vulnerable to this deadly virus as climate change exp... Read More

Tardigrade genome sequencing reveals unprecedented horizontal gene transfer

Tardigrades are small animals (~1.5 mm in length) renowned for their ability to survive in many extreme environments. From wikipedia "...they can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water (100 °C), pressures about six times greater than those ... Read More

MMP #9: Customizing phage by swapping tail genes to target specific pathogens

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Timothy Lu.


Lu, an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachuse... Read More

TWiV 381: Add viruses and Zimmer

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

VIRUSES FROM NEWBORN GUT ARE NEW TO SCIENCE

Shortly after a baby’s birth, bacteria aren’t the only invaders to colonize the gut. Viruses move in, too, according to new research. Read More

Kicking latent HIV: New strategies to reactivate reservoirs of latent infection

In cells with latent HIV infection, the virus is dormant, and such cells are therefore not attacked by the immune system or by standard antiretroviral therapy. To eradicate the virus from the human body and truly cure a patient, reservoirs of latently infected cells need to be activated and elim... Read More

Women's Hall of Fame inducts past ASM president, UR's pioneer in infections

On Oct. 3 Barbara Iglewski, past president of the American Society for Microbiology, will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, which praised her "landmark discovery" that "has had an enormous impact nationally and globally." Iglewski spent about 40 years — most at the University o... Read More

Burkholderia multivorans evolves in bursts in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients

Leonilde M. Moreira, PhD, has been studying the Burkholderia complex for 15 years. The bacteria, known for causing pneumonia or septicemia in some individuals, can survive for prolonged periods in moist environments. During the last 10 years, it has become one of the more predominant bacteria se... Read More

Funding for viral hemorrhagic fever project

A team from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has received funding of £136,000 from the Health Partnership Scheme to develop a training programme to help the Sierra Leonean Health Service to fight future outbreaks of viral haemorrhag... Read More

'Ensemble' modeling could lead to better flu forecasts, study finds

By combining data from a variety of non-traditional sources, a research team led by computational epidemiologists at Boston Children's Hospital has developed predictive models of flu-like activity that provide robust real-time estimates (aka "now-casts") of flu activity and accurate forecasts of... Read More

TWiV 392: Zika virus!

Four virologists discuss our current understanding of Zika virus biology, pathogenesis, transmission, and prevention, in this special live episode recorded at the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, DC.


Host:  Read More

Improved survival of HIV patients facilitates heart disease research

WASHINGTON (July 27, 2015) - The improved survival rate of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa due to effective treatment programs is increasing the ability of researchers in Africa to study the impacts of cardiovascular disease in HIV patients, according to a guest editor page published today in... Read More

TWiV 383: A zillion Zika papers and a Brazilian


Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove and  Read More

Testing the evolution of resistance by experiment

One of the hallmarks of bad science writing is the claim that any research to do with bacteria will lead to new antibiotics. In this case, however, the scientists backed up their claim. They took bacteria notorious for nosocomial infections (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and exposed them to a toxin, ... Read More

Studies raise questions about impact of statins on flu vaccination in seniors

A new pair of studies suggests that statins, drugs widely used to reduce cholesterol, may have a detrimental effect on the immune response to influenza vaccine and the vaccine's effectiveness at preventing serious illness in older adults. Published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, the find... Read More

My first "Mu-Tube" video promoting microbial literacy: What does "microbiology" mean to students?

For my Microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound, I decided to ask my new crop of "micronauts" what the word "microbiology" meant to them on the first day of class. Here are their answers. My wife Jennifer Quinn and I put this together using art from former students. Hopefully, thi... Read More

$7 million grant aids efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a $7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at eliminating river blindness and elephantiasis, two neglected tropical diseases that annually sicken millions. Read More

Insecticide-treated nets may still prevent malaria despite mosquito resistance

Insecticide-treated nets may still help prevent malaria despite mosquitoes developing resistance, according to a new study published in Parasites & Vectors. Read More

TWiM 128 Letters

John writes:


Dear TWIM Team,


First of all, thanks for the supremely informative and entertaining podcast. As a biologist who stumbled into my passion for microbiology almost by accident (as a student, I began my research as a herpetologist and was converted wh... Read More

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