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TWiV 87 Letters

James writes:


Dear TWIV,


I've really enjoyed hearing about the paths you and your guests took to enter the fields of virology and parasitology.


I was wondering if Dr. Dove could talk for a few minutes about how and why he decided to transition into sci... 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

TWiP 12 Letters

Maria writes:

Dear Dr. Dickson Despommier and Dr. Vincent Racaniello


I am a microbiologist. I studied in Colombia and after finishing my bachelor's I moved to New York city in 2007. All my life I have been fascinated about microorganisms. Some weeks ago I found an i... Read More

TWiP 12: Toxoplasma gondii

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Vincent and Dickson introduce the obligate intracellular protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most successful parasites on earth.


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MTS52 - Mitchell Sogin - Expeditions to the Rare Biosphere

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Secondary changes allow spread of oseltamivir resistant influenza virus

The influenza virus neuraminidase (NA) protein is required for virus release from the cell, a property exploited by the antiviral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamavir (Relenza). During clinical testing of oseltamivir in 2001, some individuals shed drug-resistant viruses with an amino acid c... Read More

Uncovering Beauty in Proteins to Fight the Pneumococcal Fratricides

From time to time, we dip into the microbiology blog by César Sánchez, Twisted Bacteria, and, with his permission, "borrow" a post such as this one about pneumonia and pneumococci, fratricide at the cellular level, and a pretty protein. And there's a video too!

Snippet:

"A few days ago I w... Read More

The Minimum Information for Publication of Quantitative Real-Time PCR Experiments

The video of the seminar given by Dr. Shipley on how to get your qPCR data published is available now at the Source link.

Dr. Shipley is the director of the Quantitative Genomics Core Laboratory where they have been performing and optimizing assays for qPCR for the last 13 years. He is one o... Read More

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

TWiV 86: Dark matter with Dr. Eric Delwart

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On episode #86 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich travel to the Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco to speak wi... Read More

A new target for hepatitis C virus

When infection with hepatitis C virus goes from acute to chronic, severe liver disease may occur which requires organ transplantation. Nearly 200 million people are chronically infected with HCV, necessitating approaches to preventing and treating infections. No HCV vaccine is available, and cur... Read More

Audio interview with harald Huber--Outer-Membrane ATP Production: Another Surprise from Ignicoccus

Jeff Fox, Current Topics and Features Editor of Microbe Magazine, talks with Harald Huber of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Huber and his collaborators have looked at the archaeon Ignicoccus hospitalis and found a very unusual cellular envelope architecture, un... Read More

BBC Podcast: Artificial Life

Synthetic biology hit the headlines when Craig Venter recently announced the creation of Synthia – the first organism with a computer as a parent.

JCVI-syn1.0, as the artificial microbe is officially known, will become a poster child for synthetic biology. But it was created from known geneti... Read More

Kids Read Science Summer Reading Contest 2010

Joanne Manaster is a woman on a mission. She loves science and she wants to introduce kids to everything there is to love about science.

So this summer, her mission is to stimulate the minds of children and teens everywhere by challenging them to read non-fiction science books. In collaborati... Read More

How to Store Water Filters for Microbial DNA Analysis

Microbial communities in the Gulf of Mexico have surely been impacted by the oil disaster over the last couple of weeks. Labs are now beginning to assess the damage done by collecting water onto filter membranes and shipping the filters back to their labs for DNA analysis.

A frequent question... Read More

TWiV 85: Hepatitis C virus with Professor Michael Gale

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On episode #85 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Michael Gale discuss the origin, pathogenesis, prevention, of hepatitis C virus, and how it evades innate immune responses.


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Seth Berkley: HIV and flu - the vaccine strategy

Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. Read More

XMRV, prostate cancer, and chronic fatigue syndrome

Robert H. Silverman, one of the authors on the study implicating the new human retrovirus XMRV as an etiologic agent of chronic fatigue syndrome, has written an excellent review article on the current status of research on the virus. The article is behind a paywall at Nature Reviews Urology, so ... Read More

Craig Venter announces synthetic life

This TED video captures Caig Venter's official announcement that his team created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. Read More

How to Get Your Real-Time qPCR Data Published

Have you ever read a research article with qPCR data and wished that the authors had given you more information about what they did or how they did it? Or have you ever felt your data was more heavily scrutinized and criticized compared to others? The MIQE guidelines serve to normalize the field... Read More

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