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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

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 145 - Clostridium Converts Cortisol

This episode: Gut bacteria may convert cortisol into important human hormones!


(6 MB, 6.5 minutes)


Note: Episode 144 is now available too. Sorry about that. Not sure what went wrong there, but it is regrettable.


A minor player in the gut, Clostridium scindens,... 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

El podcast del Microbio Nº 218. Sepias Espaciales (Space Squids)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº218 is about the experiment to be don in the last flight of the space shuttle Endeavour. The squi... Read More

Smart phone apps may enhance epidemiological or ecological data collection

PLoS One has published an interesting paper that considers using smart phones for scientific field data collection and suggests mobile apps could also be beneficial for recruiting ‘citizen scientists’ to contribute data easily to central databases through their mobile phone.

Here's the abstr... Read More

Repair DNA

Developing tricks and tools to keep their enzymes in order is one way thermophiles survive. They also use techniques to keep their DNA from falling apart under intense heat. Like proteins, the parts of the long, spiral ladder-shaped DNA molecule start to unravel and break apart under high hea... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 173. Pollos transgénicos contra la gripe (transgenic chicken against flu)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº173 deals with the recent Science paper by Jon Lyall et al. about the creation of transgenic chi... Read More

How to Catch a Cold - A 1951 Walt Disney/Kleenex Production

A rare educational Disney animated short film from 1951 with a character called Common Sense who warns about the dangers of the common cold. Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 146 - Engineered Escherichia Eliminates Enemies

This episode: Scientists engineered E. coli to seek and destroy pathogens!


(10 MB, 11 minutes)


A bacterium can sense pathogens in the body, swim toward them, and release a deadly biofilm-busting payload. This process is called pseudotaxis, and could be modified for many... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº179. Un parásito en mi agua (A parasite in my water)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº179 resumes the paper published in Water Research about the findings of Cryptosporidium and Giard... Read More

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Shortly after I wrote about my years of experience with HeLa cells, I was contacted by author Rebecca Skloot. One of her many questions was how I knew that I had produced 800 billion HeLa cells in my laboratory over 26 years. I learned that she was writing a book about Henrietta Lacks, whose tum... Read More

Behind the scenes: TWiV 200 at the NEIDL

We celebrated the 200th episode of TWiV by visiting the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Boston University Medical Center, where we met with Elke, Paul, and Ron to talk about building and working in a BSL4 facility. It was an amazing visit that will be fully documented in an... Read More

Mycodiesel

Here is another great article, closing out "Fungi Week" on Elio Schaechter and Merry Youle's Small Things Considered blog.

"Huge amounts of money and effort are going into making automotive fuels using biological processes, but a fully satisfactory answer is not yet at hand. Well, fungi may c... Read More

Microbiology Education and Social Media

At the Spring 2010 meeting of the Society for General Microbiology In Edinburgh Vincent Racaniello spoke about ‘Social Media in Microbiology Education and Research’. In his presentation he gives a comprehensive overview of how he uses these new communication tools to promote the science of virol... Read More

A sporadic undertaking by Small Things Considered

This is the third annual Week of the Fungi on Small Things Considered, a sporadic undertaking (please excuse the pun).

"Sooner or later, but usually sooner, anyone dealing with fungi will have to deal with the issue of spore dispersal. Many fungi, mushrooms included, are a spore’s way of spre... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 150 - Morels Make Mycelial Motorways

This episode: Bacteria use fungal filaments like highways to swim through soil!


(7.7 MB, 8.3 minutes)


Show notes: 
Journal Paper


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Tales of Death

Merry Youle of Small Things Considered looks at several bacteria that have borrowed "tail-like particles" from phages and fashioned from it a targeted bacterial killer for their own use.

Snippet:

"These efficient killers are indeed related to phage. One gene cluster in the P. aeruginosa PA... Read More

Plasmalogens Have Evolved Twice

Howard Goldfine, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has authored a new post on Small Things Considered that looks at the interesting evolution of plasmalogens from anaerobes to plant and animal cells.

"Plasmalogens appeared early, but did not survi... Read More

TWiV 260: Badgers go viral

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Host: Vincent Racaniello


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Interview with Nancy Connell of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)

Jeff Fox of Microbe magazine talks with Nancy Connell of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) on the recent National Research Council report on the FBI’s scientific investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks Read More

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