Vincent, Alan, and Kathy continue their coverage of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, with a discussion of case fatality ratio, reproductive index, a conspiracy theory, and spread of the virus to the United States.
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This episode: Cancer-killing viruses could work even better when loaded into stem cells!
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This episode: Bacteria from wastewater treatment sludge can produce lots of biodegradable plastic!
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Using tracer viruses, researche... Read More
I spent a week and a half learning metagenomic analysis in Michigan from some awfully smart and pleasant people. Learn more at the link! Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel explain how trypanolytic factor forms membrane channels to lyse trypanosomes, and present a new case study.
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel consider the delivery of anti-trypanosome nanobodies to the tsetse fly via a bacterial symbiont, and present a new case study.
This episode: Microbes in the human gut seem to prevent/inhibit cholera!
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At the International Congress of Virology in Montreal, Vincent speaks with Carla and Curtis about their work on RNA interference and antiviral defense in fruit flies, and viruses in the sea, the greatest biodiversity on Earth.
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Although vitamin A supplementation can have profound health benefits when someone is deficient, new evidence is emerging to show that vitamin A supplementation above and beyond normal levels may have negative health consequences. A new research report published in the July 2015 issue of the Jour... Read More
This episode: Bacteria living in plants could help plants clean up cancer-causing pollutants!
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This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria!
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This episode: Bacteria living in plants seem to be contributing to plants' nutrition, possibly reducing the need for fertilizer!
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This episode: Being raised with their mother and breastmilk vs. bottle-fed in a nursery significantly affects macaque microbiomes and their immune system profile!
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Nasal drops of harmless bacteria can inhibit a related bug that sometimes causes meningococcal disease, according to new findings published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study--conducted among college students, a group at higher risk for this often serious illness--suggests a new a... Read More
This episode: Programming bacteria to sense and keep genomic records of environmental inputs!
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Brucellosis is a worldwide extended infectious disease of livestock (sheep, goats, cattle, cows, pigs, …) and remains one of the most common zoonotic infections, with more tan 500,000 new human cases worldwide every year. Control and eradication of brucellosis requires the use of animal vaccines... Read More
This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes!
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This episode: Engineered phages can both kill bacteria and disrupt their communications!
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