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TWiP 54 Letters

Tommy writes:


Hi Vincent and Dickson,


I was listening to the new episode of TWiP (episode 52) and one of your listeners wrote in asking about tree parasites. While plant parasite is not my main field of research, I have written about one such pa... Read More

New Coronavirus Related to Viruses From Bats

The virus that is causing alarm among global public health authorities after it killed a man in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia earlier this year and is now linked to two other cases of disease is a novel type of coronavirus most closely related to viruses found in bats, according to a genetic analysis to ... Read More

TWiM 57 Letters

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

TWiP 74 letters


voxsciurorum writes:


Dear water-based life forms:


It is 24 degrees in Overland Park, Kansas and I am looking at a slide labeled "Giardia lamblia", part of a museum exhibit on water and human (over) use of water.


I see a greenish lump. I don't know... Read More

TWiP 57 letters

Anne writes:


I found TWIP just a week ago and feel I've found a home. I'm a pharmacist, usually on the night shift, and stay excited all night listening to you. Parasites have always been my hobby. In fact, I recently divorced one. His life cycle is unique. I get oddl... Read More

BacterioFiles 198 - Dampening Dust Defense

This episode: Modified probiotic bacteria could reduce life-threatening allergies!


(6.3 MB, 6.8 minutes)


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Microbe magazine--Audio interview with Anna Skalka

Anna Skalka of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pa., discusses research into the ages of various virus families with Jeffrey Fox of Microbe magazine Read More

Single-minded Mission

Viruses exist for one purpose only: to reproduce. To do that, they have to take over the reproductive machinery of suitable host cells.


Upon landing on an appropriate host cell, a virus gets its genetic material inside the cell either by tricking the host cell to pull it inside, like ... Read More

Emerging disease: Looking for trouble

How do you persuade philanthropists to pay $1 million for every pathogenic human virus you discover? Anjali Nayar talks to 'virus hunter' Nathan Wolfe in Cameroon to find out.

Every day, more than 100 patients line up for treatment outside the bare cement walls of a rural health clinic in the... Read More

Online registration is now open for the 3rd ASM Conference on Enterococci

Online registration for the 3rd ASM Conference on Enterococci, July 30 - August 2, 2010, in Portland, Oregon, is now open.

Session topics include:

*Genomics and Molecular Biology
*Pathogenicity
*Antibiotic Therapy and Resistance
*Bacteriocins
*Plasmids and Horizontal Transfer
*Epidem... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 21 - Bacteria Belie Building Block Basics

This episode: Bacteria unlike any other known life form!


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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 30 - Successful Synthetic Sequences

This episode: Artificial proteins actually function in bacteria!


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Motility mechanism of malaria pathogens explained

How do one-celled parasites move from the salivary gland of a mosquito through a person's skin into red blood cells? What molecular mechanisms form the basis for this very important movement of the protozoa? A team of researchers headed by Dr. Friedrich Frischknecht, head of a research group at ... Read More

April 2011 Microbe Feature article--BioCyc: Microbial Genomes and Cellular Networks

BioCyc: Microbial Genomes and Cellular Networks

by Peter D. Karp, Ingrid M. Keseler, Tomer Altman, Ron Caspi, Carol A. Fulcher, Pallavi Subhraveti, Anamika Kothari, Markus
Krummenacker, Mario Latendresse, Tom Lee, Suzanne M. Paley, Alexander G. Shearer, and Miles Trupp

The BioCyc system h... Read More

BacterioFiles 197 - Fucose Feeds Friendly Fighters

This episode: When sensing an infection, mice make sure to keep their gut bacteria well-fed. And it pays off!


(11.8 MB, 13 minutes)


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Microbiology, Art, and Pedagogy

In this blog entry, I discuss some recent work at the intersection of art and microbiology. I go on to show how this intersection can be useful in the classroom. Read More

Ice Nucleation Bacteria, Twitter, and Me!

In this post from my microbiology/education blog, I discuss a post on Boing Boing recently that used a video I had made of ice nucleation bacteria. Ice nucleation bacteria are very interesting of course, and I link to the Boing Boing post. In addition, I provide an additional video of students... 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

GEMINA - a web-based system of Genomic Metadata for Infectious Agents

GEMINA is a web-based system to identify infectious pathogens and their representative genomic sequences through selection of associated epidemiology metadata. Gemina supports the development of DNA signature-based assays for the detection of pathogens or sets of pathogen through the Insignia Si... Read More

TWiM 60 Letters

Kelly writes:


I’m reeling from this episode!! The symbiosis, the web of life, the energies, chemicals, organisms of
evolutionary progression shaping our world naturally and by human intervention with unknown consequences, then you all tie it to the brain microbio... Read More

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