Influenza A virus reservoirs in animals have provided novel genetic elements leading to the emergence of global pandemics in humans. Most influenza A viruses circulate in waterfowl, but those that infect mammalian hosts are thought to pose the greatest risk for zoonotic spread to humans and the ... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº261 summarizes the NEJM paper about the use of antiretroviral therapy for prevention of HIV infection,... Read More
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The epidemiology episode with Michael Walsh was great. I loved the philosophical detour into counterfactual statements, time travel, and the meaning of causation. TWiV may indeed be viral, but from listening to it I fee... Read More
This episode: Using glowing bacteria to image tumors in the body!
For the second time in a week I note the passing of an important virologist. Renato Dulbecco, together with David Baltimore and Howard Temin, received the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries about how tumor viruses interact with the genetic material of the cell. Dulbecco a... Read More
The fatality rate for human infections with avian influenza H5N1 is widely quoted at >50%, based on the number of deaths among the fewer than 600 cases confirmed by the World Health Organization. Wang, Parides, and Palese suggest that this number is an overestimate. Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº260 summarize the NEJM paper about the clinical trial of a malaria vaccine, that was selected by Scien... Read More
Vincent and Dickson
Dick Despommier is often talking about the importance of ecology when understanding parasitism. Does he have any suggestions for good introductory texts to the subject for someone of my lowly level?
I recently came across this article, which led me... Read More
I was fascinated by your conversation about government censorship of science (TWiM 24). To further criticize the government's move, I'd like to point out that the Soviet's bioweapons progra... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº259 describes some funny microbiological goofs in Spanish newspapers. El podcast del Microbio Nº 259 d... Read More
Great podcasts. I've listened to them all (TWIV/TWIP/TWIM).
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This episode: Bacteria are active even encased in ice!
Norton Zinder made two important discoveries in the field of virology. While a Ph.D. student with Joshua Lederberg at the University of Wisconsin-Madison he found that viruses of bacteria (bacteriophages) could move genes from one host to another, a process called transduction. Later in his own ... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº258 deals with the sequencing of the Yersinia pestis strain that causes the Black Death. El podcast de... Read More
Merry Youle of Small Things Considered has authored a post that looks at Thiomargarita spp.
"Non-motile Thiomargarita was first discovered in 1999 off the Namibian coast, thus was named T. namibiensis. Its cells are large spheres, arranged in chains, each chain enclosed in a mucous sheath. Av... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº256 and 257 summarize the recent findings about that shows no link between XMRV and Chronic Fatigue Sy... Read More