At Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Vincent speaks with Susan, Colin, and Gary about the work of their laboratories on parvoviruses, influenza viruses, and coronaviruses that infect dogs, cats, horses and other mammals.
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Several recently published mBio studies describe new mechanisms of intrinsic antibiotic resistance. These mechanisms may themselves become therapeutic targets to broaden the application of currently available drugs. Read More
Simon Anthony has spent his scientific career studying viruses and their impact on health. In the United Kingdom, where he is from, he investigated viruses of agricultural significance. Then, at the San Diego Zoo, he focused on the microbes of wildlife. Currently, at Columbia University’s Mailma... Read More
Though it's been less covered by major news outlets, Zika is still an important research topic. Scientists are working hard to understand Zika virus biology, transmission, and treatment. We round up the latest research reports on this still-emerging disease. Read More
This is a primer on the mycorrhizae, the association of plant roots and fungi. An outstanding review article on this subject has recently appeared, authored by four Frenchmen and one American: F. Martin, A. Kohler, C. Murat, C. Veneault-Fourrey, and D. S. Hibbett. I found reading it both excit... Read More
The TWiM team speaks with Pat Schloss about assigning sequence data to operational taxonomic units, and his experience with mSphere Direct, a new way of submitting papers for publication.
The TWiVome discuss the blood virome of 8,420 humans, and thoroughly geek out on a paper about the number of parental viruses in a plaque.
One of the conundrums facing TB research is the fact that Mtb grows incredibly slowly. Slow growth confounds both research and treatment since it can take days to weeks to grow a culture for study, a month or more to determine drug resistance properties of a patient sample, and months of antibio... Read More
The esteemed TWiVumvirate reveal the discovery of a new negative stranded RNA virus of wasps that regulates longevity and sex ratio of its parasitoid host.
Vincent, Elio, and Michael reveal what Neanderthals ate from analysis of DNA in their teeth, and new CRISPR-Cas systems found in the genomes of uncultured microbes.
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Robert Koch published the first photographs of individual bacteria in 1877, nearly 200 years after Antoni van Leeuwenhoek sent drawings of bacteria in a letter to the Royal Society. Long before cameras were linked with microscopes, generations of microscopists relied on their own eyes, pencil, a... Read More
The lovely TWiV team explore evolution of our fecal virome, and the antiviral RNA interference response in the nematode C. elegans.
While detection and reaction to light sources is a well-known process in environmental organisms exposed to diurnal light cycling, light detection also affects the biological processes of human pathogens. The human pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii, a microbe associated with hospital-acquired inf... Read More
Here is my chance to chat a bit with some University of Puget Sound staff about the depth, breadth, and wonders of the microbial world. It's a podcast! Read More
Scientists from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health have shown that phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis lung infections.
Chronic lung infections caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aer... Read More
Researchers with the Iowa City VA Health Care System and University of Iowa have produced striking new evidence of neutrophil plasticity, or the ability of these white blood cells to change their properties.
The scientists exposed neutrophils—the most prevalent white blood cells—to Helicobact... Read More
A team of researchers from iMM Lisboa led by Luísa Figueiredo and in collaboration with Joe Takahashi's group from Southwestern University has shown for the first time that the parasite responsible for sleeping sickness, Trypanosoma brucei, has its own internal clock, which allows it to antecipa... Read More
Frozen and freeze-dried products for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) are nearly as effective as fresh product at treating patients with Clostridium difficile (C-diff) infection, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Publi... Read More
I was asked recently why Jacques Monod did not followup on his early work on bacterial growth. Instead, he happily veered in a different direction and went on to become one of the fathers of Molecular Biology. Together with François Jacob, he proposed the operon model and other key breakthr... Read More