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Asymptomatic people can transmit Dengue viruses to Mosquitos

75% of the ~390 million people infected with dengue viruses present with no symptoms (asymptomatic). It is generally assumed that these asymptomatic infections cannot be transmitted to mosquitos. Not only does this study show that people with asymptomatic infections transmitted the virus to mo... Read More

TWiV 386: The dolphins did it

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and  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

MMP #10: Examining the gut microbiota of American Indians of Cheyenne and Arapaho ancestry.

Host: Jeff Fox with special guests, Cecil M. Lewis, Jr. and Krithivasan Sankaranarayanan.


Lewis and Krithivasan Sankaranarayanan—“Krithi”-- both fro... Read More

Vitamin D deficiency may limit immune recovery in HIV-positive adults

Athens, Ga. - A University of Georgia researcher has found that low levels of vitamin D may limit the effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults. Read More

New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treatment available

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. However, researchers point out that if the SARS-like virus did jump, it is still unclear whether it could spread from h... Read More

TWiM 125 Letters

Inspired by William:


Dear TWiMers;
Greetings from Berkeley where miracle March (water-wise) was perhaps half a miracle, but that is definitely better than none. At least we will not run out of water this summer.


I found this quasi-synthetic biology result... Read More

Ebola medical team develops guidelines for treating infected children

When the Ebola virus outbreak erupted in West Africa in 2014, children infected with the virus -- particularly those under age 5 -- faced overwhelming challenges. Not only was there a high death rate among young children infected with the disease, they often were isolated from their families, le... Read More

Breast cancer drug beats superbug

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have found that the breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood cells a boost, better enabling them to respond to, ensnare and kill bacteria in laboratory experiment... Read More

Microbiomes could hold keys to improving life as we know it

A consortium of 48 scientists from 50 institutions in the United States - including Pamela Silver, Ph.D., a Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University - are calling for a Unified Microbiome Initiative that would span national cross-insti... Read More

NIH-sponsored clinical trial of chikungunya vaccine opens

An experimental vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya is being tested in a Phase 2 trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Results from an initial trial of the vaccine, which was developed by scientists at the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infect... 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

TWiM 127 Letters

Stefan writes:


Just discovered this nice episode.
Well made and nicely discussed comment on our pack-hunting paper; quick reply to the question what would happen if you add one single amoebae: it would multiply and a clonal pack would do the same thing as observe... Read More

Scientists are Working on Making Drugs More Biodegradable

BOC Sciences-Wild animals were found carrying drug resistance though they are living in areas where few human activities are existing. This finding makes scientists think about how to prevent the situation from deteriorating and protect water from being polluted furtherly. From the previous blog... Read More

Microorganisms Spreading Holiday Cheer

This holiday season, as you open a bottle of your favorite wine to share with family and friends, consider making a toast to Saccharomyces cerevisiae (also known as “brewer’s yeast”) which is a species of yeast that is commonly used for making wine and beer. Yeast is absolutely essential to wine... Read More

ROVING GENE LETS BACTERIA RESIST ‘LAST’ ANTIBIOTICS

A gene that lets bacteria resist polymyxins—the last line of antibiotic defense we have left—has shown up in widespread bacteria samples from pigs and patients in south China, including strains with epidemic potential. Read More

Agar Art 2016 Contest Submit by May 6

We hope you've started plating your dishes! Here are some of the 2016 entries thus far. Show us your creative streaking! For contest entry rules visit: www.microbeworl.org/art. Submissions close May 6, 2016 11:59 P.M.EST.Entries pictured from left to right: Symbol of ASM, A Once in a Lifetime Ki... Read More

BacterioFiles 251 - Mycophagous Myrmicinae Mutualist Microbes

This episode: Gut bacteria seem to help ants with very restrictive diets flourish more!


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MGH team broadens utility of more compact CRISPR-Cas9 by increasing its targeting range

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has shown that a method they developed to improve the usefulness and precision of the most common form of the gene-editing tools CRISPR-Cas9 RNA-guided nucleases can be applied to Cas9 enzymes from other bacterial sources. In a paper r... Read More

TWiV 387: Quaxxed

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

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