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Tree of Life Blog: Overselling the microbiome award #2: The Marshall Protocol

A discussion of the "Marshall Protocol" which is a claimed treatment for all sorts of ailments. The article discusses how the MP backers suggests not only that microbes cause a wide diversity of ailments, but that a specific protocol can cure these ailments. The article discusses the lack of e... Read More

TWiV 156 Letters

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Dear Professor Racaniello,


I have just seen some of the ridiculous comments regarding the picture which was posted on your TWiV website.


I have had CFS for over 16 years. I am a very firm believer in scientific method and... Read More

DNA: Blueprint for Life

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Creepy Critters - Experiment

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Exhausted by Illness, and Doubts

New York Times article by David Tuller, a journalism professor at Berkeley, on chronic fatigue syndrome and the retrovirus XMRV. The main focus of the article are four papers published in the journal Retrovirology at the end of 2010 which pointed to contamination as a potential issue for those a... Read More

Blogs by the American Society for Microbiology

Small Things Considered


The purpose of Small Things Considered is to share appreciation for the width and depth of the microbial activities on this pla... Read More

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2010 Findings


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TWiP 9: Mala aria

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Vincent and Dickson move on to protozoan parasites with a discussion of the early history of malaria.


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Fungal Growth and Reproduction

As the “humongous fungus” shows, fungi can grow to enormous mass if unimpeded.

Hyphae grow by adding cells at the tip. Hyphae are very tiny, measuring only a few microns in diameter in some cases. But they can also be incredibly strong, punching through not only the soft membranes of animal ... Read More

MTS49 - Irwin Sherman - The Quest for a Malaria Vaccine: The First Hundred Years

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TWiP 11: One times three million

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Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of malaria, with emphasis on clinical aspects of the disease.


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TWiP 24: Onchocerca volvulus, a vector-borne, filarial nematode

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Vincent and Dickson discuss the life cycle and pathogenesis of Onchocerca volvulus, the vector-borne filarial nematode parasite that causes onchocerciasis, or river blindness.


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TWiV 81: Be a virus, see the world

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On episode #81 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich answer listener questions on viruses and gluten allergy, RNA silencing, influenza virus, herpes simplex virus, HIV/AIDS, chronic... Read More

TWiP 3: Trichinella spiralis

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Vincent and Dick distinguish among intracellular and extracellular parasites, then discuss the history and general characteristics of Trichinella spiralis.


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Culture Media

Microbes require nutrients to grow. These are supplied by either solid or liquid culture media. The standard solid medium is nutrient agar, a gelatinous substance derived from seaweed. The basic liquid medium is nutrient broth, typically a mix of water, meat extract peptone, and sodium chlori... Read More

TWiP 32: Evasive trypanosomes and schistosomes

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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MTS38 - Jonathan Eisen - An Embarrassment of Genomes

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MTS37 - Hazel Barton - Cave Dwellers

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TWiV 86 letters

Stann writes:


I found your podcast through the Microbe World website. Thanks to Microbe World, I've been unable to sate my thirst for knowledge about the microscopic organisms that act as the foundation for our planet. So, I stumble across a podcast about viruses? Hel... Read More

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