When I began listening to TWIV almost a year ago, I had just switched majors from philosophy to biology. I am now writing to you good people at TWIM at the end of my first undergraduate summer research gig, where I have had qui... Read More
This episode: Bacteria on your skin affect your attractiveness to mosquitoes!
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Guest: Katherine A. High
Vincent speaks with Katherine High about her... Read More
As we hear more and more news about the environmental disaster currently underway in the Gulf, there has been much talk about how microbes can be utilized to biodegrade the oil. In this 7 minute video posted on YouTube we see how scientists successfully implemented a bioremediation plan during t... Read More
After the eradication of smallpox in 1980, the World Health Organization called for destruction of known remaining stocks of the virus. The United States and Russia, which hold the known stocks of smallpox virus, have not destroyed their stocks. During TWiV #124, I was surprised to learn that th... Read More
This episode: Archaea living in the deep ocean (and their viruses) have clever ways to maintain diversity and adaptability!
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Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel explain how trypanolytic factor forms membrane channels to lyse trypanosomes, and present a new case study.
Dear Dick Despommier
My name is Ruth
While I was watching a video of you explaining vertical farming you mentioned soil-less g... Read More
This episode: Engineered bacteria can be made to produce many different useful kinds of biofilm!
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Micro-blogging via Twitter is being evaluated as a means for tracking infectious diseases. The 2009 outbreak of H1N1 provided them an opportunity for testing Twitter as an approach for tracking disease outbreaks. From the end of April, researchers at the University of Iowa began collecting Twitt... Read More
I really enjoyed your podcast about reverse transcription. I was wondering what makes retroviruses like HIV impossible for our bodies fight off. Are there any retroviruses that can be eliminated from the body?
I was browsing on the "Chronic ... Read More
Interfering with communication among bacteria can prevent them from mounting a unified and perhaps deadly assault on their host organism, research by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators shows. The finding suggests a different kind of medicine that could be less likely than tradi... Read More
The World Health Organization and the US Food & Drug Administration have decided on the composition of the influenza virus vaccine that will be used during the 2010-2011 season in the northern hemisphere. The trivalent preparation will contain the following influenza virus strains: A/California/... Read More
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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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.
Dear Vincent and Dickson,
I just returned from the annual meeting of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) where I enjoyed many fantastic lectures and caught more Cutthroat Trout fly fishing the upper Snake River during one ev... Read More
We speak with many scientists each week who are working with filtered water for the isolation of microbial DNA and RNA. Because there are many choices for filter membranes, each with their own benefits, choosing the best one for your sample type and microbial load can be confusing. This article ... Read More