Because of all the recent interest in "microbiological art," I decided to challenge my Biology 350 students to "paint" using luminous bacteria. We have a balloting process, tallied the results, and made some appropriate awards! I think the world of my students, and I hope you enjoy this view i... Read More
This episode: Kate Franz and Matt Woodruff from Audiommunity join me to talk about a clinical trial of peanut immunotherapy with probiotics to treat peanut allergies!
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This episode: Fungi can act like sticky nets to help harvest algae for biofuels!
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Parasitic wasps inject their eggs into lepidopteran hosts, where they carry out their developmental stages. Along with the eggs, the wasps also deliver viruses carrying genes encoding proteins which inhibit caterpillar immune defenses. Some of these genes are permanently transferred to the lepid... Read More
This slideshow outlines the work of WHOI scientists Tracy Mincer and Kristen Whalen in the quest to beat antibiotic resistance through bioprospecting in the ocean. Read More
Patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) showed clinical improvement after extended treatment with the anti-B-cell monoclonal antibody rituximab. This result suggests that in a subset of patients, ME/CFS might be an autoimmune disease. Read More
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I am surprised that no one got the diarrhea case, although I would have been wrong as well, so many familiar parasites!
This episode: When digesting wood, shipworms outsource their microbial symbionts from gut to gills!
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This episode: Bacterial ghosts could make good vaccines for different things!
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Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Jeremy Brownlie.
Jeremy Brownlie of Griffıth University in Brisbane, Australia, talks with Jeff Fox about how bacteria influence aggressive behavior in an animal. Fruit flies infected with the wMelPop strain of Wolbachia were less aggressive than the... Read More
This episode: Gut microbes' activity in decaying brine shrimp help promote fossilization of their soft parts!
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Although we now understand that viruses are the most abundant organisms on Earth, there are gaps in our knowledge about their distribution in different environments. Results of a new study reveal the diversity and distribution of viruses in Arctic fresh waters. Read More
I am a big fan of TWIP. You do so many things right, that a little problem in your TWiP94 broadcast is not a big deal. As you may already know all three drugs in the Nutman et al. study are small molecules, not monoclonals, the... Read More
An Ebolavirus vaccine has shown promising results in a clinical trial in Guinea. This vaccine has been in development since 2004 and was made possible by advances in basic virology of the past 40 years. Read More
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Guest: Ileana Cristea
Vincent meets up with Ileana at Princeton University to talk abou... Read More
Here's my summary of ASM2015, an exciting weekend full of science.
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La Microbiología en España, la metagenómica y patógenos emergentes, son tres temas a ser discutidos hoy en La Radio el Mundo de los Microbios. Este episodio es una grabación hecha durante la Conferencia General de la Sociedad Americana para la Microbiología en Nueva Orleans, Louisiana e... Read More
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