Understanding the scale and range of neurological disease associated with Zika virus infection is an urgent priority, warn researchers from the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health. Read More
New research on monkeys vaccinated against HIV's relative SIV calls into question an idea that has driven AIDS vaccine work for years. The assumption: a protective vaccine only needs to stimulate moderate levels of antibodies that neutralize the virus. Read More
This episode: Viruses can cause host cells to inhibit other viruses!
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Washington, DC - August 4, 2015 - The pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes grows on refrigerated smoked salmon by way of different metabolic pathways from those it uses when growing on laboratory media. The research could lead to reduced incidences of food-borne illness and death, said principal inv... Read More
This episode: A conversation with Cat Adams about how fungi help plants clean up toxic zinc nanoparticles in soil!
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Groundbreaking research on the universality and diversity of microorganisms is now challenging the life sciences to upgrade fundamental theories that once seemed untouchable. To fully appreciate the change that... Read More
Scientists in Korea have discovered that using antibacterial soap when hand-washing is no more effective than using plain soap, according to a paper published today in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Read More
The TWiPtastic trio solves the case of the Surfer from Switzerland, and reveal how taste-chemosensory tuft cells in the gut regulate immune responses to parasites.
Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. Read More
This episode: Engineering bacteria to convert cellulose directly into useful biofuels and chemicals can be tricky!
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Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Stijn Mertens.
Mertens, a graduate student working with Kevin Verstrepen at the University of Leuven in Belgium, talks with Jeff Fox about their efforts to develop new yeast strains for making lager beers—imparting novel flavor and aroma notes withou... Read More
It goes by many names: Delhi belly. Montezuma's revenge. The Aztec two-step. But doctors use one not-so-glamorous term: traveler's diarrhea. Read More
Greetings TWiM crew!
Because of all the recent interest in "microbiological art," I decided to challenge my Biology 350 students to "paint" using luminous bacteria. We have a balloting process, tallied the results, and made some appropriate awards! I think the world of my students, and I hope you enjoy this view i... Read More
Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Alexander Mankin and Michael Jewett.
Alexander Mankin –called Shura --of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Michael Jewett at Northwestern University talk with Jeff Fox about their recent success in joining the 30S and 50S bacterial riboso... Read More
Since the chickenpox vaccine became available in the U.S. in 1995, there has been a large reduction in chickenpox cases. Hospitalizations and outpatient visits for chickenpox have continued their decline after a second dose of the vaccine was recommended to improve protection against the disease... Read More
This article provides the preliminary results of a possible treatment/ Biological control agent for White Nose Syndrome (WNS) cause by Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It is estimated that over 5.5 of North American bats have died due to this deadly disease. Recently this method of treatment descri... Read More