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Striking photo shows all the bacteria on an 8-year-old's hand (Today.com)

Behold some of the bacteria that grew when an 8-year-old boy who had been playing outside pressed his hand onto a large Petri dish. The photo has been getting lots of buzz after his mom posted it on MicrobeWorld last week.

Tasha Sturm, who works as a microbiology lab tech at Cabrillo College ... Read More

TWiM #105: Real bugs with legs

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM #106: Lawn mower disease

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Michael Schmi... Read More

BacterioFiles Special - ASM2015

Here's my summary of ASM2015, an exciting weekend full of science.


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TWiP 91: Born to deform

 Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel review how Viagra might be used to block transmission of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.


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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

TWiP 91 letters

 


Heather writes:


Dear Dr.s R, D & G,


I really hate to criticize learned professors, especially my elders. I suspect I may be being overly - sensitive or perhaps it is a cultural difference. However, the "over-talking" is decreasing the qualit... 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

Do cheaters have an evolutionary advantage?

Anyone who has crawled along in the left lane while other drivers raced up the right lane, which was clearly marked “lane ends, merge left,” has experienced social cheating, a maddening and fascinating behavior common to many species.

Although it won’t help with road rage, scientists are begi... Read More

Programming DNA to reverse antibiotic resistance in bacteria

At its annual assembly in Geneva last week, the World Health Organization approved a radical and far-reaching plan to slow the rapid, extensive spread of antibiotic resistance around the world. The plan hopes to curb the rise caused by an unchecked use of antibiotics and lack of new antibiotics ... Read More

TWiV 340: No shift, measles

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Rapid Ebola diagnostic successful in field trial

A new test can accurately diagnose Ebola virus disease within minutes, providing clinicians with crucial information for treating patients and containing outbreaks. Read More

Common antibiotic may be the answer to many multidrug-resistant bacterial infections

Contrary to current medical dogma, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences report that the common antibiotic azithromycin kills many multidrug-resistant bacteria very effectively -- when tested under conditio... Read More

Your viral past

Did you ever wonder what different virus infections you have had in your lifetime? Now you can find out with just a drop of your blood and about $25.

Immune defense systems of many hosts produce antibodies in response to virus infections. These large proteins, which are generally virus specif... Read More

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.

When Mark Lyte (Texas Tech U) began his work on the link between microbes and the brain three decades ago, it was dismissed as a curiosity. By contrast, last September, the National Institute of Mental Healt... Read More

BacterioFiles 218 - Parasitoids Pass Protective Prokaryotes

This episode: Parasitoid wasps spread helpful bacterial symbionts between their whitefly prey!


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Why HIV's cloak has a long tail

Virologists at Emory University School of Medicine, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta have uncovered a critical detail explaining how HIV assembles its infectious yet stealthy clothing. Read More

Researchers expose how 'James Bond' cells are made

New research from Australian and Singaporean scientists has revealed how immune cell 'spies' are created, providing clues on how the immune system could be manipulated to better fight disease. Read More

West African Ebola virus strain less virulent than prototype 1976 strain

What: The Makona strain of Ebola virus (EBOV) circulating in West Africa for the past year takes roughly two days longer to cause terminal disease in an animal model compared to the original 1976 Mayinga strain isolated in Central Africa, according to a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) re... Read More

TWiM 105 Letters


David writes:


Greetings podcast team,


I'm a long-time listener to TWIM and TWIV and if I had a longer commute I would get TWIP in the mix too. Only so many hours in the week!


I am a research tech in Portland Oregon, where our dry mild winter has g... Read More

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