The TWiV gang reviews ten fascinating, compelling, and riveting virology stories from 2014.
Here's an Ebola puzzle for you: If the virus isn't airborne, why do doctors and nurses need to wear full protective suits, with face masks, while treating patients?
After we dug through studies and talked to scientists, the answer slowly emerged.
Ebola does spread through the air. But not ... Read More
Researchers have created a synthetic DNA analog that can bind to and silence the gene responsible for NDM-1, a severe form of antibiotic resistance that can make ... Read More
Antibiotic stewardship programs, which promote the appropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals and other healthcare centers, can not only lead to reduction in antibiotic use with no adverse effects but can also lead to significant savings, over $600,000 annually in the case of one New York Ho... Read More
MIT-WHOI Graduate student Kristen Hunter-Cevera describes the challenges and obstacles involved with growing marine microbes (in her case, Synechococcus) in a laboratory setting, and outlines the value of her research in understanding marine biogeochemistry. Read More
Researchers often describe the battle between the Ebola virus and the humans it occasionally infects as a race—one that people win only if their immune systems manage to pull ahead before the virus destroys too many of their internal defenses. What they may not know is that the virus is a cheat.... Read More
New videos of morphing bacteria reveal that the strange, distinguishing features of so-called “electric bacteria” aren’t quite what they at first appeared to be.
For the past 10 years, scientists have been fascinated by a type of “electric bacteria” that shoots out long tendrils like electric... Read More
Microvores: A Game of Parasites is a microbial themed educational strategy game that has been funded on Kickstarter.com and has made the main-stream news! Read More
Hey Vincent, Elio, Michele and Michael!
I'm a first year microbiology graduate student at UC Berkeley and an avid listener of twim. Elio's snippet from the most recent podcast reminded me of a personal anecdote that might be useful to share with... Read More
The TWiV team consults an epidemiologist to forecast the future scope of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.
A concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, according to laboratory experiments.
The findings, which will appear in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, suggest that combining maple syrup extract with common antibiotics ... Read More
It's not a secret that the microbes living in our guts play a huge role in our well-being, or that, at least in the United States, we're doing a good job of killing them off.
But now new research finds that apes -- our closest relative -- have much more varied gut flora than humans do, and es... Read More
In some parts of the world, many small children become infected with severe diarrhea which often proves fatal. The condition is usually caused by strains of Escherichia coli (commonly known as E. coli) bacteria, and bacteria of the genus Yersinia. These bacteria attach themselves to the wall of ... Read More
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
Bacteria can’t stick to a new type of nanoscale surface that could prove useful in food processing, medical, and shipping industries.
The technology uses an electrochemical process called anodization to create nanoscale pores that change the electrical charge and surface energy of a metal sur... Read More
Cyanobacteria could serve as a synthetic biology chassis that could be retooled for the production of biofuels, drugs or chemcials. So far, however, they have been held back by sluggish growth that makes it difficult to conduct the initial experiments needed to characterize their genetic and met... Read More