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Constructing the Microbial Biomap for Planet Earth

Have you heard about the Earth Microbiome Project? Led by the laboratories of Jack Gilbert from Argonne National Labs along with Folker Meyer (Argonne), Janet Jansson (LBNL), Rob Knight (University of Colorado), this is a pioneering effort to characterize the global microbial taxonomic and func... Read More

BacterioFiles 243 - Fungal Friends Facilitate Phytoextraction (feat. Cat Adams)

This episode: A conversation with Cat Adams about how fungi help plants clean up toxic zinc nanoparticles in soil!


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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

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Allan writes:


Dear Vincent & Dickson… and Daniel,


I always enjoy listening to TWIP here in Kona, Hawaii.


Our weather today is 79ºF and clear but we have just experienced a record 25-year overnight low of 54ºF,
(FREEZING, as few of us hav... Read More

TWiV 276: Ramblers go viral

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 Host: Vincent Racaniello


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TWiV 230: Gene goes to Washington, flu chickens out

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Read More

TWiV 269: Herpesvirus stops a nuclear attack

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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

The Acid Fast Stain

Here's a movie from the University of Madison-Wisconsin depicting the steps for creating an acid fast stain.















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Wink writes:


Great HAI work! I'm not through it yet. I want to question, though, whether fomites are really important in influenza transmission. I don't think so.
Wink Weinberg (ID)


[flu can transmit by fomites in guinea pigs: Read More

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Jason writes:


Hi Drs. Despommier and Racaniello,


This week you wondered why the immune-activating receptor for Toxoplasma gondii, TLR11, is present in mice but not in humans. You noted that it looks like there's no selective pressure keeping it around in us an... Read More

TWiV 236: Flu gets the VIP treatment

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Read More

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

Can You Protect Your Tummy From Traveler's Diarrhea?

It goes by many names: Delhi belly. Montezuma's revenge. The Aztec two-step. But doctors use one not-so-glamorous term: traveler's diarrhea. Read More

10 Ways to Be Your OWN Boss In The Lab

In an ideal world, every PI would be a nurturing and challenging mentor who carefully guides your project and is invested in developing your skills as a scientist. In the real world, however, that kind of leadership can be hard to find.

In any case, one of the most important and useful mental... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 32 - Virus Versus Malignancy Matrix

This episode: Virus + bacterial enzyme = cancer killer!


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Bornavirus DNA in the mammalian genome

The chromosomal DNA of several mammals has been found to contain sequences related to the nucleoprotein (N) gene of bornaviruses, enveloped viruses with a negative-strand RNA genome. I am amazed by this finding. How did bornaviral DNA get in our chromosomes, and what is it doing there? Read More

Everyday Roles

Some people think it would be great if scientists could wipe out all the microbial bugs! Should we do it, and why or why not?


We get a lot of requests to track down the nasty bugs that are making people sick. It's true that some microbes cause health problems such as strep throat, chi... Read More

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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

TWiP 107: Parasites leave a bad taste in my gut

The TWiPtastic trio solves the case of the Surfer from Switzerland, and reveal how taste-chemosensory tuft cells in the gut regulate immune responses to parasites.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello,&n... Read More

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