This episode: Bacteria living in plants could help plants clean up cancer-causing pollutants!
(6.9 MB, 7.5 minutes)
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
This episode: Microbes in the human gut seem to prevent/inhibit cholera!
(10.5 MB, 11.5 minutes)
This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria!
(10.2 MB, 11.2 minutes)
I just went to my semi-annual dental appointment and I thought of a potentially interesting oral health monitor - the plaque biofilm that they scrape off your teeth during the cleaning. Brush immediately before the cleaning ... Read More
This episode: Being raised with their mother and breastmilk vs. bottle-fed in a nursery significantly affects macaque microbiomes and their immune system profile!
(7.7 MB, 8.4 minutes)
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
This episode: Bacteria living in plants seem to be contributing to plants' nutrition, possibly reducing the need for fertilizer!
(17.5 MB, 19.15 minutes)
This episode: Programming bacteria to sense and keep genomic records of environmental inputs!
(15.9 MB, 17.4 minutes)
Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Mar... Read More
This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes!
(10 MB, 10.8 minutes)
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
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
This episode: Engineered phages can both kill bacteria and disrupt their communications!
(14.8 MB, 16.2 minutes)
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel reveal last week's case study and introduce a new one concerning a patient who traveled to Belize.
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
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss how a secreted protein from the protozoan parasite Theileria transforms its host cells via a cellular proto-oncogene.
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