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Cantaloupe warning issued after Listeria outbreak

Health officials have issued a warning for cantaloupes from a revered melon-producing area of the U.S. state of Colorado amid a bacteria outbreak blamed for four deaths in the state and New Mexico, troubling farmers who depend on sales of the fruit.

The warning from the Centers for Disease Co... Read More

Introduction to microbiological culture media (video)

Introduction and uses of culture media for growing pathogenic bacteria and fungi
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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 70 - Microbes Make Multiple Magnets

This episode: Some bacteria have been discovered that construct multiple types of magnet in their cells!





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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 78 - Proving Prions Provide Positives

This episode: Prions may actually help yeast populations survive!





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When Good Bugs Go Bad: Microbiome Dynamics and Disease

The human microbiome consists of thousands of viral and microbial species which inhabit the human body and have co-evolved with us to protect against pathogens, regulate organ function and supply nutrients and other factors essential for health. When these members fall out of balance, it can le... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 64 - Proving Probiotic Products

This episode: Probiotic yogurt doesn't seem to change microbial community much!




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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 77 - Bioluminescent Bifidus Binds Bumps

This episode: Using glowing bacteria to image tumors in the body!





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Educating the World about Microbes

Vincent Racaniello accepts the Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education, awarded annually by the Society for General Microbiology for an outstanding contribution to microbiology education. Filmed at the Dublin Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Read More

Zombie moths climb trees, rain deadly virus from treetops

A gene interferes with the caterpillar's molting hormone and influences the insect's desire to climb. A single gene in a caterpillar virus sends its victims running for the treetops, where they die and their bodies liquefy, sending an ooze of virus particles on their brothers and sisters below. ... Read More

The Ultimate Symbiosis: Mealybugs have bacteria living inside their bacteria

Lots of organisms rely on symbiotic relationships, in which two species rely on each other for survival and one lives inside the other. But citrus mealybugs enjoy a triply symbiotic relationship unlike any we've ever seen...with one absolutely crucial exception.

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TWiM 29 Letters

Charlotte writes:

At the beginning of Twim #28 Michael articulated his love for math and around minute 12 his desire for "ground truthing" the number of times one touches their face. In response I o... Read More

Antibiotics: Killing Off Beneficial Bacteria… For Good?

It’s an accepted concept by now that taking antibiotics in order to quell an infection disrupts the personal microbiome, the population of microorganisms that we all carry around in our guts, and which vastly outnumbers the cells that make up our bodies. That recognition supports our understandi... Read More

TWiV 183: Bats out of hell



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Read More

TWiV 178 Letters

Josh writes:


Hello TWiV Doctors,


Two short things:


1. You probably already heard the TWiV shout-out you got on NPR's Morning Edition on Friday, March 30th. It's here:  Read More

Bellybutton bacteria

Fair warning to germaphobes: This story might cause spontaneous itchiness or an immediate desire for hand sanitizer. Still with us? Read on, brave soul.

Human skin and hair are the preferred habitat for hordes of bacteria. There could be thousands of species camped right now on your arms and ... Read More

TWiV 185: Dead parrots and live Wildcats



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Sarah Connolly, Andrew Karaba, Read More

TWiP 41 Letters

Adam writes:

What up Doc's?


I'm writing to voice my complete disagreement with the sentiments of Sven Urban, in his letter on TWIP 38, that you as hosts are prone to engage in a ‘degree of banter which is distracting'.


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Fouchier anticipates resuming H5N1 studies soon

The lead researcher of one of the controversial H5N1 avian influenza transmission studies in ferrets said today that he hopes scientists can resume work on the studies in about 2 weeks, after key groups have discussed the issues.

Dutch researcher Ron Fouchier, PhD, of Erasmus University, said... Read More

Jelly-belly

I guess it doesn't sting, which is a plus - clearly we need no more stinging/biting/blood-sucking creatures on this earth - but my real wonder is what's next, and why rat heart muscle? Read More

Open hospital windows to cut risk of bacterial infection

A microbiologist says hospital managers should take note of what Florence Nightingale said a century and a half ago - that open windows were the hallmark of a healthy ward.

Jack Gilbert, who works at Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, in the US, puts forward the view that natur... Read More

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