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New viruses are providing some clues to how viruses evolved

The science of metagenomics has uncovered that viruses are the most abundant and genetically diverse organisms on earth. In an article published in Microbiology Today, Peter Simmons from the Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh, discusses how discoveries of new viruses are pro... Read More

TWiV 192: Viral tertulia

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and  Read More

TWiP 38 Letters

Carlos writes:


Dear Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


I am an avid listener of TWIP since its start, have been following TWIV for at least two years and, surprise, also follow TWIM.


My field is Computer Science, but I crave for... Read More

TWiV 181 Letters

Spencer writes:


I would like to propose the book:


Netter's Infectious Diseases, 1e as a lis... Read More

TWiV 186: From Buda to stump grinding

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All for one, and one for all! Symbiosis in a warming world

In what appears to be a warming world, understanding how plants can tolerate and prosper at elevated temperatures is an intriguing topic. Small Things Considered's Associate Blogger Mark O. Martin looks at the symbiosis between panic grass, a virus, an endophytic fungus, and elevated temperature... Read More

TWiV 173: Going to bat for flu research

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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 34 - Social Slime’s Sorus Storage

3This episode: Slime molds farm their own bacterial food!


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TWiV 170: From variolous effluvia to VLPs

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Hosts: Alan DoveRich Condit, and Dickson Despo... Read More

100 Incredible Lectures from the World’s Top Scientists

This blog posting has links to 100 lectures by notable scientists in the areas of biology and medicine, earth and environment and much more. It says, "thanks to the Internet, and our list of 100 incredible lectures, you’ve now got access to the cutting edge theories and projects that are changin... Read More

KEGG pathway analysis of 1443 HIV-1/host interactions

There are 1443 host viral interactions in the NCBI database. These were pumped through a KEGG pathway analsis, providing a useful insight into the multiple processes affected by HIV-1 infection. These include life cycle pathways , endocytosis and the like, but also many immune-related pathways a... Read More

Is it Ebolavirus or Ebola virus?

When I drafted my article for TakePart (Don’t Panic – Ebola Isn’t Heading For You), I used the term ‘ebolavirus’ throughout, but the editors changed every instance to ‘Ebola virus’. Understanding which term is correct is far more complicated than you might imagine. Read More

TWiV 148: Retreating into Harvard virology

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TWiP 16 Letters

Tom writes:


Dear Mr. Racaniello and Dick,


Thanks for TWIV and TWIP as both are great shows. Such a give and take of history, information and humor. Stumbled across TWIP several weeks ago and gave it a try. My only disappointment was there were not many podc... Read More

TWiM 2 Letters

Barbara Hyde writes:

In the discussion of copper, it should be noted that copper has long been added to marine bottom paints as an anti-fouling agent. Now however there is concern about deleterious environmental effects from its leaching out into the waters.

Barb... Read More

TWiV 138: RISCy business with Raul Andino

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Raul Andino


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Canine hepacivirus, a relative of hepatitis C virus

Contemporary human viruses most likely originated by cross-species transmission from non-human animals. Examples include HIV-1, which crossed from chimpanzees to humans, and SARS coronavirus, which originated in bats. Since the 1989 discovery of hepatitis C virus (classified as a hepacivirus in ... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 48 - Microbes Motivate Mycelial Manuevers

This episode: Bacteria and predacious fungi work together to trap nematodes!


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TWiM 34 Letters

Peter writes:

Dear TWiM Team


I see that some action is now being taken in America against the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics as livestock growth promoters:


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Sign Up for the Scrub Club

The Scrub Club created by NSF International is designed for children who are 3 to 8 years of age. The web site is a fun, interactive and educational resource that teaches children about the microbes that make them sick and the proper way to wash their hands. The site is a hodgepodge of fun flash... Read More

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