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Stopping Candida in its tracks

Scientists are one step closer to understanding how a normally harmless fungus changes to become a deadly infectious agent. Read More

Safer, with more benefits: Parents' vaccine views shifting

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more favorable, according to a new nationally-representative poll. Read More

BacterioFiles 220 - Coliforms Cooperate by Conduit

This episode: Bacteria can connect to each other with tiny tubes to exchange nutrients!


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TWiV 344: Glaswegians go viral

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Guests: Ruth Jarrett Read More

TWiP 92: Kleptohaemodeipnonism

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss how fluctuation in the price of guinea pig food could help transmission of the agent of Chagas disease, and present a new case study for your consumption.


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David writes:


Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,

I am one of the co-authors (from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) of the PloS Pathogens paper you highlighted on the malaria parasite as part of TWiP 91 on June 20th. Thank... Read More

Vitamin A supplementation may cause the immune system to 'forget' past infections

Although vitamin A supplementation can have profound health benefits when someone is deficient, new evidence is emerging to show that vitamin A supplementation above and beyond normal levels may have negative health consequences. A new research report published in the July 2015 issue of the Jour... Read More

Virus-carrying mosquitoes are more widespread than ever, and spreading

Scientists behind the first global distribution maps of two species of dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes warn they are spreading to new areas where they could cause disease. Read More

Scientists unravel elusive structure of HIV protein

COLUMBIA, Mo. - HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the retrovirus that leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. Globally, about 35 million people are living with HIV, which constantly adapts and mutates creating challenges for researchers. Now, scientists at the University of M... Read More

How small genetic change in Yersinia pestis changed human history

CHICAGO -- While studying Yersinia pestis, the bacteria responsible for epidemics of plague such as the Black Death, Wyndham Lathem, Ph.D., assistant professor in microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, found a single small genetic change that fundamentall... Read More

Learning Metagenomic Analysis at EDAMAME2015

I spent a week and a half learning metagenomic analysis in Michigan from some awfully smart and pleasant people. Learn more at the link! Read More

MdlM112: Esfuerzos en Bolivia para mejorar la calidad microbiológica del agua con Mercedes Iriarte

En este episodio de La Radio el Mundo de los Microbios, la Calidad microbiológica del agua en Cochabamba, Bolivia y otros temas estarán siendo discutidos con la Lic. Mercedes Iriarte, investigadora de C.A.S.A. (Centro de Aguas y Saneamiento Ambiental), de la Universidad Mayor de San Simón, en... Read More

Too exhausted to fight -- and to do harm

An 'exhausted' army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers fight too hard they risk damaging the very body they are meant to be protecting, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. Read More

Public health surveillance system may underestimate cases of acute hepatitis C infection

A new study suggests that massive underreporting may occur within the system set up by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to estimate the incidence of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In a paper receiving advance online publication in Annals of Internal Medicine, a... Read More

First Ever Antimicrobial Classroom Eliminates 96% of Germs

Classrooms and schools are among the most germ-ridden environments humans interact with. With illness plaguing the building year-round, every appliance is a source of sickness and contamination. In a recent experiment, BioCote, in partner with several product manufacturers, coated one UK classro... Read More

More secondary schooling reduces HIV risk

Boston, MA -- Longer secondary schooling substantially reduces the risk of HIV infection--especially for girls--and could be a very cost-effective way to halt the spread of the virus, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In a study in Botswana, researchers fou... Read More

Scientists identify 'decoy' molecule that could help sharply reduce risk of flu death

Baltimore, June 26 -- The flu virus can be lethal. But what is often just as dangerous is the body's own reaction to the invader. This immune response consists of an inflammatory attack, meant to kill the virus. But if it gets too aggressive, this counterattack can end up harming the body's own ... Read More

Transgenic crops

Is there a change needed in the defining of transgenic crops as unnatural? It looks like cultivated sweet potato possess and expresses T-DNA from Agrobacterium species according to an article published a couple of months ago in PNAS

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/18/5844.abstract
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BacterioFiles 219 - Fungi Facilitate Photosynthetic Fuels

This episode: Fungi can act like sticky nets to help harvest algae for biofuels!


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TWiV 343: The silence of the turnips

 Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

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