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TWiM 103 Letters

Bailey writes:

Hey Vincent, Elio, Michele and Michael!

I'm a first year microbiology graduate student at UC Berkeley and an avid listener of twim. Elio's snippet from the most recent podcast reminded me of a personal anecdote that might be useful to share with... Read More

TWiV 309: Ebola email

The TWiVocytes answer questions about Ebola virus, including mode of transmission, quarantine, incubation period, immunity, and much more.

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TWiM 93 Letters

David writes:

Why not eat locusts? Assuming you can find any fuel to cook em, and apart from deficiency illnesses, I've always wondered why people didn't hunker down and harvest them for emergency food. Did original peoples endure swarms by eating them? Did Euro food ... Read More

TWiV 325: Wildcats go viral

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Rollie Clem and Lorena Passarelli

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TWiV 332: Vanderbilt virology

Host: Vincent Racaniello

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A new study will explore whether living with a dog encourages the growth of positive microorganisms in the human gut—enough to improve physical and mental health in older adults. Read More

Many physicians overestimate ability to assess risk of Ebola, study finds

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found that the physicians least likely to encounter the infectious Ebola virus tend to be overly cautious even with low-risk patients. Read More

Shelves and mentors

When I became Peter Palese’s first Ph.D. student in 1976, his laboratory at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City was in dire need of shelves. The laboratory benches (pictured) had no room for storing the many bottles of reagents that I was beginning to generate. Read More

Smartphone adapted for use as a video microscope to detect parasites in blood in under resourced communities

This is a good news story all around. UC Berkeley engineers, Michael D'Amrosio and Matthew Bakalar (UC Berkeley Bioengineering) with medical personal from NIAID, Dr. Thomas Nutaman and his collaborators from Cameroon and France collectively took the omni-present global resource, a standard smar... Read More

TWiV 334: In vino virus

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiV 329: Pox in the balance

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BacterioFiles 215 - Plasmid Pirates Piezophile Particles

This episode: Deep-sea thermophile bacteriophage is pirated by another scurvy genetic element!

(10.2 MB, 11.2 minutes)

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Energetic immune cells are vital for fighting disease

A good immune system relies on a key ‘energy producing’ protein in immune cells to develop immunity to vaccines and disease, an international team of scientists has found.

The protein, called HuR (human antigen R) is critical for controlling metabolism in B cells, which make antibodies that a... Read More

TWiV 343: The silence of the turnips

 Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiV 333: Naturally curious chimeras

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Ben Fensterheim, Megan Freeman, Bobak Parang, and Meredith Rogers

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MdlM 111: Microbiologia en lugares exoticos con Erin Symonds

El tratamiento de aguas residuales en comunidades pequeñas y virus como indicadores de riesgo a la salud pública: estos son dos de los temas a discutirse en la entrevista de hoy con Erin Symonds, una estudiante doctoral de la Universidad de Sur de la Florida.

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Cigarette smoke makes superbugs more aggressive

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant superbug, can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now report that cigarette smoke may make matters... Read More

Germany court orders measles sceptic to pay 100,000 euros

Just in case anyone had lingering doubts about the cause of measles, the German courts have ruled in favor of the evidence indicating that measles is caused by a virus (wasn't aware that was up for debate nowadays...). This ruling also includes that a man who stated he would give 100,000 euros ... Read More

Microvores: A Chemical Romance

An illustrated short story of the day in the life of a mircrobe who is self aware. Read More

Scientists discover bacteria that survives solely by eating electricity

Researchers at Harvard and Yale have used some extreme gene-manipulation tools to engineer safety features into designer organisms.

This work goes far beyond traditional genetic engineering, which involves moving a gene from one organism to another. In this case, they're actually rewriting th... Read More
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