Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to see dramatic shifts in the make-up of the community of microbes in their gut than healthy people, according to the results of a study published online Feb. 13 in Nature Microbiology.
While scientists have known that there are differe... Read More
A new study about the overwhelming importance of “superspreaders” in some infectious disease epidemics has shown that in the catastrophic 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, about 3 percent of the people infected were ultimately responsible for infecting 61 percent of all cases.
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Everyone agrees that ticks are exceedingly nasty creatures. For hundreds of millions of years, they have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. In humans, these diseases include many unpleasant and dangerous ill... Read More
February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which recognizes “the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.” The United Nations (UN) General Assembly only recently established an annual international day in December 2015 to promote gender equality, ... Read More
Good news for sustainable textiles of the future was announced in a recent Applied and Environmental Microbiology report that described the discovery of microbial polyesterase genes. The study described the discovery and characterization of new enzymes from microbial communities associated with ... Read More
This episode: Bacteria in mosquito cells can block transmission of Zika virus!
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The TWiVsters explain how superspreader bacteriophages release intact DNA from infected cells, and the role of astrocytes in protecting the cerebellum from virus infection.
Vincent meets up with Catharine Bosio, Michael Merchlinsky, and Shilpa Gadwal at the ASM Biothreats meeting to talk about careers for scientists outside of the ivory tower.
Host: Vincent Racaniello
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The ASM Biothreats conference covers preparation for, handling during, and analysis of infectious disease outbreaks, and includes session on research, response, and policies on biological threats and emerging infectious diseases. Most sessions cover broad topics such as emergency preparedness, v... Read More
ASM's Agar Art 2017 contest is now open for submissions! Since 2015, Agar Art has provided an outlet for the creativity of ASM members and publically showcased the fun and diverse world of microbes. The contest has been covered by media outlets ranging from Discovery to BBC News.
Enter by su... Read More
At the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, Vincent speaks with Vincent Munster about the work of his laboratory on MERS-coronavirus and Ebolaviruses.
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This episode: Algae growing in Arctic snow make red pigments that heat up their surroundings!
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The TWiVoids discuss the March for Science, the GOF moratorium, and a classic virology paper on mapping the gene order for vesicular stomatitis virus.
Mentoring scientific teams in a project-oriented competition, like engineers can do through the ASCE Concrete Canoe National Competition or the SAE Supermileage Competition, is rare in the microbial sciences. Mentoring a team through this experience allows scientists impart different skills than... Read More
The last time you had a stomach bug, you probably didn’t feel much like eating. This loss of appetite is part of your body’s normal response to an illness but is not well understood. Sometimes eating less during illness promotes a faster recovery, but other times—such as when cancer patients exp... Read More
Restricting the use of a common antibiotic was more important than a high profile 'deep clean' of hospitals in massively reducing UK antibiotic resistant Clostridium difficile (C. diff) cases, a major new study has found.
The study concluded that overuse of antibiotics like ciprofloxacin led... Read More
Scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have developed, for the first time, two new vaccines for canine influenza. This research is not only important for improving the health of our furry friends, but for keeping us safe, too. Dogs that have been infected with... Read More
In a joint study, published today (Friday 27 January) in the journal Nature Communications, scientists from the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología in Madrid and the University of Sussex / Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton report the discovery of a gene called NucS that dramatically re... Read More
What Silicon Valley is to technology, Kansas State University is to biodefense.
When former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense visited the Manhattan campus on Thursday, Jan. 26, for a series of agrodefense discussions, the university ce... Read More
When biochemists deciphered the genetic code in the 1960s (the triplet 'alphabet' for amino acids whose defined order make up the protein 'words' ) it was – and still is – the most compelling evidence for a common "descent with modifications" (Charles Darwin) of all life on Earth: the alpha... Read More