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A new virology course at Columbia University

Tomorrow is the start of my new virology course at Columbia University. The course, Biology W3310, is aimed at advanced undergraduates and will be taught at the Morningside Campus of Columbia University. Read More

Life at the Extreme

Many archaeans thrive in conditions that would kill other creatures: boiling water, super-salty pools, sulfur-spewing volcanic vents, acidic water and deep in Antarctic ice. These types of archaea are often labeled "extremophiles," meaning creatures that love extreme conditions.

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TWiV 219: Fauci pharmacy



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Read More

The Excitement of Clinical Microbiology

Clinical microbiologists uncover new and important pathogens, perform the role of sentinels to alert of possible upcoming epidemics, provide statistical and clinical information regarding the pathogens currently on the scene, and spur demands on research to create novel diagnostic tools. In fact... Read More

TWiV 230: Gene goes to Washington, flu chickens out



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Read More

TWiV 195 Letters

[we began be re-reading part of Deena's email from TWiV 193]


Ben writes:


Hello TWIV Crew,


I must first ap... Read More

Museum pelts help date the koala retrovirus

The genomes of most higher organisms contain sequences from retroviral genomes called endogenous retroviruses (ERVs). These are DNA copies of retroviral RNAs that are integrated into the germ line DNA of the host, and passed from parent to offspring. In most species the infections that lead to g... Read More

HIV cure could be all in the 'mix'

Current HIV treatments do not eradicate HIV from host cells but rather inhibit virus replication and delay the onset of AIDS. However, a new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, AIDS Research & Therapy describes an innovative approach to eliminate HIV in host by targeted ... Read More

TWiV 249: An inordinate fondness for viruses



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier,  Read More

"El podcast del Microbio" Nº 125. Human Microbiome

The Nº 125 of "El podcast del microbio" is dedicated to the Human Microbiome. "El podcast del microbio" Nº 125 está dedicado al microbioma humano. {mp3remote}http://radio.umh.es/programacion/2010-2011/Programa%20Ciencia%20Tu,%20yo%20y%20los%20microbios/171110%20Programa%20TU,%20YO%20Y%20LOS%20MI... Read More

CDC: Swine Flu & You

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the pa... Read More

TWiP 56 letters

Suzanne writes:


Your discussion about technology and fixing things here before we go out into space made me wonder if space exploration might turn out to be like investigative science. In the process of exploring space we might run across the means of fixing our probl... Read More

Do We Need a Climate Solution for Indoors?

We typically spend close to 90 percent of our time inside - at school, work and home. While outdoor air quality is very important, so too is the quality of the air we breathe at home and the office. Yet most of us know very little about the condition of our indoor climate.  The chemicals ... Read More

Medical University of South Carolina Swine Flu Resources

MUSC has put together a nice page of Swine Flu related resources and FAQs. Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 109 - Matthew Verbyla

Tratamiento de aguas residuales para reuso: ¿una idea novedosa o una útil vieja idea? En este episodio entrevistamos a Matthew Verbyla, un Ingeniero Sanitario y estudiante doctoral en la Universidad del Sur de la Florida.


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Notable Bacteria



  • Bacillus anthracis causes anthrax, a deadly disease in cattle and a potential bioweapon against humans




  • .Brucella abortus causes breeding losses in livestock.




  • Cyanobacteria (formerly known as blue-green algae) live in water, where they prod... Read More

TWiV 64: Ten virology stories of 2009



On episode #64 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss ten compelling virology stories of 2009.


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How lethal is rabies virus?

When I am asked to name the most lethal human virus, I never hesitate to name rabies virus. Infection with this virus is almost invariably fatal; just three unvaccinated individuals have been known to survive. New evidence from humans in the Peruvian Amazon suggests that the virus might be less ... Read More

New Diagnostic Fast and Effective at Finding TB in Elephants: Benefits for Pachyderms and Public Health

A serological test is highly accurate at finding tuberculosis infection in elephants, and can determine such infection years before culture, according to a study in the August Clinical and Vaccine Immunology (click source to download the .pdf of the journal article). The issue is critical not on... Read More

Human infections with influenza H5N1 virus: How many?

The lethality of avian influenza H5N1 infections in humans has been a matter of extensive debate. The >50% case fatality rate established by WHO is high, but the lethality of the virus might be lower if there are many infections accompanied by mild or no disease. One way to answer this question ... Read More

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