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Chickenpox continues to decline in US thanks to vaccination

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

TWiM #124: Fungal pirates

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michele Swanson, and Michael Schmidt.


Vincent, Michael, and Michele reveal how a fungal protease blunts the innate immune response and promotes pathogenicity. 


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Salmonella unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa

Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed. Read More

The #LuxArt2015 Art Competition By My Students!

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

Researchers identify cause of heart damage in sepsis patients

Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH) have discovered a common cause of heart damage in patients with sepsis.

Sepsis is the most common cause of death in hospitalised critically ill people and affects up to 18 million people world-wide ann... Read More

A preliminary report on the contact-independent antagonism of Pseudogymnoascus destructans by Rhodococcus rhodochrous strain DAP96253

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

Traitors in our midst: Bacteria use toxins to turn our own bodies against us

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Researchers who have revealed a highly efficient way that bacteria use toxins to interrupt the immune response say that until now, the trickery of these toxins has been underappreciated in science. Read More

TWiV 370: Ten out of 15

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler


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BacterioFiles 243 - Fungal Friends Facilitate Phytoextraction (feat. Cat Adams)

This episode: A conversation with Cat Adams about how fungi help plants clean up toxic zinc nanoparticles in soil!


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A case of prion disease acquired from contaminated beef

Spongiform encephalopathies are neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding of normal cellular prion proteins. A 2014 case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob prion disease in the United States was probably caused by eating beef from animals with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow d... Read More

Learning Metagenomic Analysis at EDAMAME2015

I spent a week and a half learning metagenomic analysis in Michigan from some awfully smart and pleasant people. Learn more at the link! Read More

A collection of polioviruses

In midsummer 1986, five years after starting my poliovirus laboratory at Columbia University, I received a letter from Frederick L. Schaffer, a virologist at the University of California, Berkeley, asking if I would like to have his collection of poliovirus stocks. He was retiring and the sample... Read More

Bayer Seperated with Coverstro and Will Develop Its Business in Life Science

BOC Sciences-Bayer as a well known German based multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company recently separated with Coverstro both economically and legally. And after the independence, Bayer will be developed into a pure and leading life science company according to the latest official new... Read More

Ebola’s Lessons - How the WHO Mishandled the Crisis

In a biological sense, last year’s Ebola epidemic, which struck West Africa, spilled over into the United States and Europe, and has to date led to more than 27,000 infections and more than 11,000 deaths, was a great surprise.

Local health and political leaders did not know of the presence o... Read More

Mining Marine Microbes for New Drugs

This slideshow outlines the work of WHOI scientists Tracy Mincer and Kristen Whalen in the quest to beat antibiotic resistance through bioprospecting in the ocean. Read More

TWiV 365: Blood, feuds, and a foodborne disease

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler


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Humans differ in their personal microbial cloud

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Dispersal of microbes between humans and the built environment can occur through direct contact with surfaces or through airborne release; the latter mechanism remains poorly understood. Humans emit upwards of 106 biological particles per hour, and have long been known to transmit path... Read More

Toxoplasma parasite's greedy appetite may be its downfall

Toxoplasma gondii is estimated to chronically infect nearly one-third of the world's population, causing the condition Toxoplasmosis. It is most commonly associated with handling cat feaces and is a particular threat to pregnant women and immune-compromised individuals, such as HIV/AIDS patients... Read More

The bacteria-fighting super element that’s making a comeback in hospitals: copper

Ancient Egyptians used copper to sterilize chest wounds and drinking water. Greeks, Romans and Aztecs relied on copper compounds to treat burns, headaches and ear infections. Thousands of years later, the ancient therapeutic is being embraced by some hospitals because of its ability to kill bact... Read More

Rapid testing for TB aims to reduce drug resistance, lower mortality rate

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the accuracy of three new tests for more rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB), which are much harder and more expensive to treat and which, experts say, represent a major threat to globa... Read More
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