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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

Gut bacteria ‘biome’ differs in obese people

For the first time, the vast array of bacteria in the human gut has been studied as a complex, integrated biological system, rather than a set of separate species.

The new approach, which reveals patterns that correspond with body weight, treats the human microbiome as a cohesive “supra-organ... Read More

Microbiology Today article on This Week in Virology at the Society for General Microbiology (UK) meeting in Dublin

The Society for General Microbiology (UK) publication Microbiology Today has a two page feature by Paul Duprex, Ph.D., Boston University, on Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D., Columbia University, and his popular podcast This Week in Virology. The article discusses Racaniello's use of new media to sprea... Read More

TWiV 176: Ave magi, virorum!



Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Rich Condit


Vincent, Alan, and Rich... Read More

Microbial Colonization and the Host: Do the Colonists Reshape the Landscape?

Traditionally, colonization of a host has been described in terms of a microbial community that does not affect the host, but recent research (such as the Human Microbiome Project) suggests that colonizing microbes are having an effect not only on the host, but on each other. Participants discu... Read More

TWiV 178: T-Sharp on how tequila mosquito



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Read More

TWiV 194: Five postdocs in North America



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Matthew Daugherty, Jondavid deJong, Hel... Read More

TWiV 187 Letters

Don writes:


thank you all for sharing your knowledge in such a comprehensible manner. Thank you also for your stand against bureaucratic censorship in the H5N1 research, and your win. I have two questions. Is H5N1 a highly specific test for a human ge... Read More

TWiV 192: Viral tertulia



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and  Read More

TWiV 181 Letters

Spencer writes:


I would like to propose the book:


Netter's Infectious Diseases, 1e as a lis... Read More

Why Science? Microbiology (video)

Explore Research at the University of Florida: Keith Schneider, an Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida, explains what made him want to become a scientist originally, and what he enjoys about his career and research now. Read More

TWiV 186: From Buda to stump grinding



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Read More

TWiP 38 Letters

Carlos writes:


Dear Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


I am an avid listener of TWIP since its start, have been following TWIV for at least two years and, surprise, also follow TWIM.


My field is Computer Science, but I crave for... Read More

The Black Queen Hypothesis: how microbes lose a necessary function and survive to tell the tale

Pared down genomes are the norm in symbiotic microbes, but how do non-symbionts get away with cutting out functions it would appear that they need? The authors of an Opinion piece in mBio this week explain their ideas about the matter. They say microbes that shed necessary functions may well be ... Read More

TWiV 173: Going to bat for flu research



Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove Read More

TWiV 170: From variolous effluvia to VLPs



Hosts: Alan DoveRich Condit, and Dickson Despommier<... Read More

TWiM 31 Letters

Peter writes:

Dear TWiM Team


A fascinating article from New Scientist this week.


Standard medical teaching is that the foetus is sterile and that the microbiome only begins to develop post natal.


New research from Spain indicates that the microbiome s... Read More

Vaginas Host Dynamic Battleground for Microbes, Study Finds

The human vagina is a lively place, full of beneficial bacteria that discourage nasty microbes from invading. Now, new research finds this ecosystem is even more mysterious than previously realized.

Not only do women vary widely in what sorts of microbes call the vagina home, the study finds,... Read More

Millions of germs fly when you enter the room

A person’s mere presence in a room can add 37 million bacteria to the air every hour, a new study finds.

The bacterial material is largely left behind by previous occupants and stirred up from the floor when someone enters.

“We live in this microbial soup, and a big ingredient is our own m... Read More

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