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Merry Youle of the Small Things Considered blog has a new post up that looks at the phage-encoded holin timer and its function in a lytic infection.

"Holins are the smallest known biological timers. Timers, not clocks. Timers tick along, then go off after the specified interval. These small, ... Read More

The Wall of Polio, version 3.0

Back in 2013 I built a Wall of Polio in my laboratory – a large stack of six-well cell culture plates that have been used to measure the concentration of polioviruses in various samples by plaque assay. It became a focal point of the lab at which many guests came to have their photographs taken.... Read More

TWiV 195 Letters

[we began be re-reading part of Deena's email from TWiV 193]

Ben writes:

Hello TWIV Crew,

I must first ap... Read More

Common Sense Advice for People Concerned About H1N1 (Swine Flu)

The New York Times has published a nice FAQ ,if you will, about H1N1 and what the general public should keep in mind in terms of worry, protection and symptoms. The article also talks about what public health response is feasible and should be expected. 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

Evolution of a DNA Sequence Over Time

One of the basic requirements of evolution is variation in a population upon which selection can act. One of the sources of variation is mutation in DNA. These changes may or may not be reflected in the ensuing amino acid sequence of a protein. This exercise explores the additive effects of m... Read More

El Podcast del microbio Nº 193 Con un poco de azúcar (A spoonful of sugar)

El podcast del Microbio Nº193 describes the mBio 2010 paper by Huang et al. about the use of β-Glucan Particles to stimulat... Read More

TWiV 245: Writing Principles of Virology

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Host: Vincent Racaniello

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Use of a Class 1 Safety Cabinet (video)

This video shows you how a Class 1 microbiological safety cabinet works. Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº203: Antiguos eucariotas no marinos (earliest non-marine eukaryotes)

El podcast del Microbio Nº203 is dedicated to Earth’s earliest non-marine eukaryotes, a discovery published in Nature journ... Read More

Spread of koala retrovirus in Australia

The Koala retrovirus (KoRV) continues to spread within Australia, according to results of a new analysis of a larger sample size from a wider geographical range than was previously studied. Read More

A Guide to Swine Flu (SciAm)

As swine influenza reaches the U.S., a guide to what you need to know and what happens next. Plus, a look at pandemics past... Read More

TWiV 301: Marine viruses and insect defense

At the International Congress of Virology in Montreal, Vincent speaks with Carla and Curtis about their work on RNA interference and antiviral defense in fruit flies, and viruses in the sea, the greatest biodiversity on Earth.

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Compiling a list of reporters who cover #microbiology stories well; suggestions wanted

I am attempting to compile a list of reporters who do a good job covering microbiology related topics. I have compiled a partial list and am soliciting additional suggestions. Read More

1977 H1N1 influenza virus is not relevant to the gain of function debate

The individuals who believe that certain types of gain-of-function experiments should not be done because they are too dangerous (including Lipsitch, Osterholm, Wain-Hobson,) cite the 1977 influenza virus H1N1 strain as an example of a laboratory accident that has led to a global epidemic. A new... Read More

Stopping malaria in its tracks

A new drug acts as a roadblock for malaria, curing mice of established infection, according to a study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. Treatment was not associated with obvious side effects, suggesting that the drug may also be safe and effective in humans. Read More

BacterioFiles 206 - Mollusc Maneuvers Microbe Machines to Macerate Maples

This episode: When digesting wood, shipworms outsource their microbial symbionts from gut to gills!

(9.7 MB, 10.6 minutes)

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Journal Paper<... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 155 - Cells Save Superannuated Sequences

This episode: Bacteria are able to incorporate DNA from the environment into their genomes, even if it's thousands of years old!

(9.6 MB, 10.5 minutes)

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Development of an HIV-1 Specific Microbicide Using Caulobacter crescentus

A recent paper published in PLoS One looks at the strategy of manipulating surface proteins on the aquatic bacterium, Caulobacter crescentus, to prevent HIV infection.


The development of alternative strategies to prevent HIV infection is a global public health priority. Initial e... Read More

Interview of Dr. Tim Sandle

Q) Dr. Tim Sandle, the well known researcher, professor, author and science communicator. It is much interesting for me to take an interview of an eminent person who is well known for the communicating science. Starting from your early childhood life, how you used to take science as that time?
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