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February 2013 Conference on "The Gut Microbiome"

Save the date for the Keystone Symposia on Molecular & Cellular Biology conference on “The Gut Microbiome: The Immune Effector/Regulator Network,” taking place February 10–15, 2013 at Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center in Taos, New Mexico, USA. Organized by Lloyd H. Kasper of Dartmouth Medical ... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 72 - Microbes Manipulate Mosquito Messages

This episode: Bacteria on your skin affect your attractiveness to mosquitoes!

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TWiV 75: Rabies rampant

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On episode #75 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Matt review contamination of Rotarix with circovirus DNA, antigenic similarity between 1918 and 2009 H1N1 influenza, a ... Read More

Art and Microbiology

A collection of funny images about microbiology. Although the text is in Spanish language, it can be easily understood. Read More

Grow Your Own Oyster Mushrooms Classroom Experiment

The UK's National Center for Biology Eduction has an interesting experiment involving toilet paper, hot water and oyster mushroom starter culture.

"Gastronomes will no doubt be aware of the presence of an increasing range of exotic mushrooms on the supermarket shelves. In the Far East, oyster... Read More

TWiP 91: Born to deform

 Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel review how Viagra might be used to block transmission of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.

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The Basics: How Alkaline Lysis Works

Alkaline lysis was first described by Birnboim and Doly in 1979 (Nucleic Acids Res. 7, 1513-1523) and has, with a few modifications, been the preferred method for plasmid DNA extraction from bacteria ever since. The easiest way to describe how alkaline lysis works is to go through the procedure ... Read More

TWiM 107 Letters

Jim writes:

Hi Vince,
For your interest in listening to physics, there is a podcast called The Titanium Physicists Podcast. They use a conversational format similar to what you use. They have a panel of experts and a guest who is not a physicist but who is accom... Read More

The Limitations of the Luria-Bertani Medium

Hiroshi Nakaido, PBD Faculty Scientist, Structural Biology Department, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Berkeley, has authored a guest post on the Small Things Considered Blog regarding the limitations of LB medium.

"LB broth contains, per ml, 10 mg tryptone (... Read More

TWiP 48 Letters

Ruth writes:

Dear Dick Despommier

My name is Ruth
I am a listener of twip and recently I decided to look into your vertical farming that you mention on the podcast.

While I was watching a video of you explaining vertical farming you mentioned soil-less g... Read More

The Exxon Valdez and Bioremediation

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

Apply Now! ASM Communications and Marketing Fellowship for 2015


Are you an early career scientist who is interested in public outreach? Do you want to share your love of microbiology with the world?  Consider applying to the American Society for Microbiology’s Headquarter Communications Fellowship.  This 6-month fellowship in Wash... Read More

Should smallpox virus be destroyed?

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

TWiV 79 letters

Ben writes:

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?

Paula writes:

I was browsing on the "Chronic ... Read More

TWiV 217: I just flu in and my arms are shot

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TWiM 108 Letters

Nervous in San Diego writes:

Dear Professors of TWiM,
I was recently introduced to TWiM by a neighbor. For the last few weeks I have been listening to the backlog of TWiM podcasts, mainly while walking our dog. Regrettably, our dog is a lousy conversationalist. L... Read More

Spanish Press Release

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Un Estu... Read More

Communication breakdown: A new way to overcome antibiotic resistance

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

TWiM 110 Letters

Trudy writes:

I'm sorry, I may have missed something, but the mechanism behind an effective vaccine is still unclear to me, since infection with F. tularensis does not confer protection. How would a vaccine work?

Katy Bosio replies:

In... Read More

TWiV 297: Ebola! Don't panic

The TWiVites present an all-ebolavirus episode, tackling virology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention and cure that are in the pipeline.

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