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This Week in Microbiology

vincentThis Week in Microbiology (TWiM) is a podcast about unseen life on Earth hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.

As a science Professor at Columbia University, Racaniello has spent his academic career directing a research laboratory focused on viruses. His enthusiasm for teaching inspired him to reach beyond the classroom using new media. TWiM is for everyone who wants to learn about the science of microbiology in a casual way.

While there are no exams or pop quizzes, TWiM does encourage interaction with the audience via comments on specific episodes (below), vial email and voicemail at 908-312-0760. Listeners can also use MicrobeWorld to suggest topics for the show by submitting articles or papers to the site and tagging them with "TWiM". Each week Racaniello will view the tagged content and select items for discussion.

TWiM co-hosts include Elio SchaechterMichael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson.

Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.

TWiM #93: Worming in on bacteria

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter.

Vincent, Elio, and Michael reveal that a soil-dwelling nematode can recognize and respond to a bacterial quorum sensing molecule through a sensory neuron.

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TWiM #92: Flying bioflims

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson. 

Vincent, Elio, Michael and Michele discuss the possible eradication of wild poliovirus type 3, and how microsporidian parasites prevent locust swarming behavior.

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TWiM #91: Rats, viruses, and bacteria

Vincent, Elio, and Michele review a study of the viruses and bacteria in commensal rats in New York City.

 

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio SchaechterMichele Swanson.

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TWiM #90: Think globally, act locally

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.

Special guests: Laurene Mascola and David Persing

Vincent meets up with Laurene and David at the Annual Meeting of the Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, where they discuss how the Los Angeles County Department of Health is preparing for an outbreak of Ebola virus infection, and Cepheid’s game-changing, modular PCR system for the diagnosis of infectious diseases.

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TWiM #89: Microbial handoffs

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson.

Vincent, Michele, and Michael discuss how a gene from bacteria protects a tick from plant cyanide poisoning, and enhanced transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae by influenza virus co-infection in mice.Aimee Richards performing the "shedding" assay.  By gently pressing the noses of infant mice onto bacteriological agar

 

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TWiM #88: A century of excellence in microbiology

Host: Michele Swanson 

Guests: Thomas Brock,  Timothy Donohue, Katrina Forest, and Richard Gourse.

Michele speaks with members of the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, on the occasion of its designation as a Milestones in Microbiology site, where they discuss how the department has advanced the science and UWMilestonesTWIMteaching of microbiology.

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TWiM #87: Avogadro, archaeal fossils, and ICAAC

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter.

Vincent, Elio, and Michael explore the fossilization of archaeal lipids, and highlight the recent ICAAC in Washington, D.C.

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TWiM #86: Blurring the line between organelle and endosymbiont

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson. 

Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele consider whether our eating behavior is manipulated by gastrointestinal microbiota, and an aphid gene of bacterial origin whose gene product encodes a protein that is transported to an obligate endosymbiont.

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TWiM #85: Oscillation in the ocean and a Verona integron

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson. 

Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele discuss the diel transcriptional rhythms of bacterioplankton communities in the ocean, and extensively drug resistant Pseudomonas in Ohio.2.drifting esp crop

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TWiM #84: Microbiology Down Under

Host: Vincent Racaniello.

Special guests: David McMillan, Melanie Thomson, and Adam Polkinghorn.

In Melbourne, Australia Vincent speaks with David, Melanie, and Adam about their work on group A Streptococcus, Helicobacter pylori, and infections of Koalas with Chlamydia. TWiM Aussie Guests

 

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