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Bacterial enzyme may help people quit smoking

Current smoking cessation aids fail in 80 to 90 percent of smokers. The idea behind this therapy would be to destroy nicotine before it reaches the brain—depriving a person of the “reward” of nicotine that can trigger relapse into smoking. Pseudomonas putida, a bacterium typically found in tobac... Read More

Scientists unravel elusive structure of HIV protein

COLUMBIA, Mo. - HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the retrovirus that leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. Globally, about 35 million people are living with HIV, which constantly adapts and mutates creating challenges for researchers. Now, scientists at the University of M... Read More

TWiV 349: One ring to vaccinate them all

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich ... Read More

BacterioFiles 200 - Converted Clostridium Consumes Carbon monoxide

This episode: Carbon monoxide-eating bacteria get modified to produce more useful products!

(16 MB, 17.5 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 222 - Cells Store Solar Sparks

This episode: Bacteria engineered to produce liquid fuel can eat carbon dioxide and hydrogen from solar-powered water-splitting!

(11.2 MB, 12.25 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 191 - Coats Compose Current Conduits

This episode: Bacterial nanowires are made of the cells' outer membranes!

(9.75 MB, 10.6 minutes)


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BacterioFiles 228 - Bacteria Beat Bat Blight

This episode: Bacteria isolated from bats' skin inhibits the growth of bat-killing fungus!

(7 MB, 7.6 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 208 - Discovering Dietary Dwellers

This episode: Dr. Angela Zivkovic discusses the microbes present in our food!

(21.6 MB, 23.6 minutes)

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Journal Paper

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TWiV 345: How a vaccine got the nod

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

TWiM #104: Feed me polyamines, biofilm

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

How small genetic change in Yersinia pestis changed human history

CHICAGO -- While studying Yersinia pestis, the bacteria responsible for epidemics of plague such as the Black Death, Wyndham Lathem, Ph.D., assistant professor in microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, found a single small genetic change that fundamentall... Read More

MWV Episode 93 - TWiM #95 - A microbe lover in San Diego

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.

Special guest: Stanley Maloy

Vincent meets up with Stan Maloy o... Read More

BacterioFiles 195 - CRISPR/Cas Cuts Cancer Causers

This episode: Bacterial antivirus system could treat chronic herpes virus infections!

(10.9 MB, 11.9 minutes)

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Journal Paper

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BacterioFiles 229 - Spore-formers Stimulate Serotonin

This episode: Bacteria in mouse guts control the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter!

(10.4 MB, 11.3 minutes)

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TWiV 350: Viral gene therapy with Katherine High

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Katherine A. High

Vincent speaks with Katherine High about her... Read More

BacterioFiles 226 - Deep Dwellers Diversify

This episode: Archaea living in the deep ocean (and their viruses) have clever ways to maintain diversity and adaptability!

(10.3 MB, 11.25 minutes)

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TWiP 85: Channeling tryps

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel explain how trypanolytic factor forms membrane channels to lyse trypanosomes, and present a new case study.

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SIV shrugs off antibodies in vaccinated monkeys

New research on monkeys vaccinated against HIV's relative SIV calls into question an idea that has driven AIDS vaccine work for years. The assumption: a protective vaccine only needs to stimulate moderate levels of antibodies that neutralize the virus. Read More

ASM Live at #ICAAC / ICC - Microbiosensor: A Device for Monitoring Bacterial Contamination in Contact Lens Cases

Nishal Govindji-Bhatt, Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and Curtis Dobson, PhD, University of Manchester, discuss how to best avoid eye infection caused by poor contact lens case cleaning.


TWiP 90: A carbuncle is a large furuncle

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss identification of an erythrocyte protein essential for invasion of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.

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