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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 #108: Vaccine in the time of cholera

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

The professors of TWiM discuss a University of Wisconsin plan for rescuing biomedical research in the US, and results of a clinical trial in Bangladesh of an oral cholera vaccine.Shanchol pic380

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Right click to download TWiM#108 (51 MB .mp3, 72 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM #107: The battle in your bladder

Vincent and Michael discuss the highly diverse microbiome of uncontacted Amerindians, and how the composition of human urine plays a role in the battle for iron.

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Right click to download TWiM#107 (44 MB .mp3, 91 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

 

TWiM #106: Lawn mower disease

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Michael Schmidt.

Guest: Katy Bosio

Vincent and Michael speak with Katy Bosio about her research on pathogenesis, immunity, and vaccines against Franciscella tularensis, the causative agent of tularemia.Ftularensis 

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Right click to download TWiM#106 (55 MB .mp3, 76 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

 

TWiM #105: Real bugs with legs

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

The TWiM team reviews the microbiological safety of herbs in the United Kingdom, and how a peptide from the milkweed bug binds the ribosome and inhibits bacterial protein synthesis.Large milkweed bug

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    Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

    TWiM #104: Feed me polyamines, biofilm

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

    The TWiM team discusses how measles vaccination protects against other infectious diseases, and links between bacterial biofilms and colon cancer.

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    Right click to download TWiM#104 (46 MB .mp3, 64 minutes).

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      TWiM #103: The battle for iron

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

      The TWiM team is amazed by the ocelloid, and an evolutionary battle for iron between mammalian transferrin and bacterial transferrin-binding protein.

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      Right click to download TWiM#103 (48 MB .mp3, 65 minutes).

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      TWiM #102: Happiness is the spore-formers in your gut

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

      The TWiM team discusses evidence that serotonin synthesis is regulated by spore-forming members of the gut microbiota.

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      TWiM #101: The MRSA in your home

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

      The TWiMers discuss how aroma helps disperse yeast cells on insect vectors, and evidence that MRSA is transmitted within households.fx1

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      Right click to download TWiM#101 (54 MB .mp3, 74 minutes).

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      TWiM #100: Omnis cellula e cellula

      Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter and Jo Handelsman.  

      The TWiM team celebrates 100 episodes with a Talmudic question, and discussion of how a single mutation alters bacterial host tropism.6a00d8341c

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      Right click to download TWiM#100 (37 MB .mp3, 51 minutes).

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      Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

      TWiM #99: Careers in Biodefense

      Hosts: Vincent Racaniello

      Guests: Maria Julia Marinissen, Edward H. You, and David R. Howell

      Vincent meets up with Maria, Edward, and David at the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Infections Research meeting to talk about alternative careers for scientists.

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