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TWiM #97: There’s gold in them hills

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM #108: Vaccine in the time of cholera

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

The unexpectedly weird and beautiful world of lichens

A fun little read about lichens and their impressive attributes, accompanied by some beautiful photographs. (If the use of the term "kingdom Monera" gives you cause to smirk, just ignore it and keep reading.) Read More

BacterioFiles 221 - Co-culture Close Contact, Cats, and Cockerels

This episode: More distantly related bacteria can help each other grow (and produce lots of hydrogen) by temporarily fusing with each other!


(12.7 MB, 13.9 minutes)


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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

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

BacterioFiles 198 - Dampening Dust Defense

This episode: Modified probiotic bacteria could reduce life-threatening allergies!


(6.3 MB, 6.8 minutes)


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TWiV 315: Must be something in the water

Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss the association of a virus with sea star melting disease, and the finding of a phycodnavirus in the oropharynx of humans with altered cognitive functions.


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BacterioFiles 197 - Fucose Feeds Friendly Fighters

This episode: When sensing an infection, mice make sure to keep their gut bacteria well-fed. And it pays off!


(11.8 MB, 13 minutes)


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TWiM #94: Nitrochondria

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM #100: Omnis cellula e cellula

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM #87: Avogadro, archaeal fossils, and ICAAC

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

BacterioFiles 187 - Bacteria Bolster Bedbug Biotin

This episode: Some Wolbachia bacteria produce vitamin B7 for their insect hosts!


(7.1 MB, 7.75 minutes)


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TWiM #107: The battle in your bladder

Vincent and Michael discuss the highly diverse microbiome of uncontacted Amerindians, and how the composition of human urine plays a role in the bat... 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

BacterioFiles 224 - Super Small Cells

This episode: Scientists discover what seem to be ultra-small bacteria, possibly smaller than the theoretical minimum size!


(12.3 MB, 13.4 minutes)


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Bacterial enzyme may help people quit smoking

Current smoking cessation aids fail in 80 to 90 percent of smokers. The idea behind this therapy would be to destroy nicotine before it reaches the brain—depriving a person of the “reward” of nicotine that can trigger relapse into smoking. Pseudomonas putida, a bacterium typically found in tobac... 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

BacterioFiles 199 - Prokaryote Protein Provokes Problem

This episode: A protein from gut bacteria has been tentatively linked with a human protein related to eating disorders!


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TWiP 93: A fishy tale unfolds

 Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve their fishy tale, and present a new case study for your consumption.


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