Programming living cells offers the prospect of harnessing sophisticated biological machinery for transformative applications in energy, agriculture, water remediation and medicine. Inspired by engineering, researchers in the emerging field of synthetic biology have designed a tool box of small ... Read More
This episode: Antibiotic-degrading probiotics protect mouse gut microbes from hostile pathogen takeover after antibiotic treatment!
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This episode: Gut microbes can be different even in genetically identical mice in similar conditions!
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Matt updates the TWiV team on MERS-coronavirus, and joins in a discussion of whether we should further regulate research on potentially pandemic pathogens.
New insights into a surprisingly flexible immune system present in bacteria for combating viruses and other foreign DNA invaders have been revealed by researchers from the University of Otago and the Netherlands.
A team led by Dr Peter Fineran of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology ... Read More
This episode: Ambient temperature seems to affect how much insect bacteria can interfere with transmission of malaria!
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This episode: Gut microbe communities can help regulate the immune response to pathogens!
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Vincent, Rich, and Kathy and their guests Clodagh and Ron recorded this episode at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Society for Virology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
This episode: Fungi living in grasses make toxic compounds to defend against herbivores, but some animals can overcome this defense with their saliva!
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This episode: Multiple different fungi kill insects and give their nutrients to plant partners!
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This episode: Soil bacteria could help prevent food poisoning from bacteria in raw tomatoes!
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Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss the association of a virus with sea star melting disease, and the finding of a phycodnavirus in the oropharynx of humans with altered cognitive functions.
This episode: Bacteria symbiotic with sea sponges make many potentially useful compounds!
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In a healthy adult human body, most internal organs such as the brain, spleen, liver, and heart are devoid of microorganisms because the immune system keeps them in check. After human host death, however, the immune system falters and microorganisms proliferate throughout the body beginning in ... Read More
Vincent and Dickson discuss how malaria parasites induce odors in their rodent hosts that attract mosquitoes.
This episode: Bacteria with engineered circuits can detect and keep a record of stuff in their environment, like in the gut!
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