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TWiP 46: Malaria gets the (zinc) finger

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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TWiP 44: Parasites provide a cricket subsidy for trout

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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Arsenic-loving bacterium needs phosphorus after all

After 18 months of controversy, the official verdict is in: an arsenic-tolerant bacterium found in California’s Mono Lake cannot live without phosphorus.

In 2010, a group led by Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a microbiologist now at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, repo... Read More

TWiM #53: Live in Manchester (with video!)

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TWiP 45: Free range Toxoplasma with John Boothroyd

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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Bacterial Community Inside the Plant Root: Plants Choose Soil Bacteria That They Allow Into Their Roots

Soil is the most species-rich microbial ecosystem in the world. From this incredible diversity, plants specifically choose certain species, give them access to the root and so host a unique, carefully selected bacterial community from which they then benefit in a variety of ways. To achieve this... Read More

TWiP 48: A parasitic cloaking device

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier, and Yosef Sabo


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TWiM #43: Bacterial caveolae and zapping acne with phages

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Can Stuffing Germs up Ferrets Unleash a Human Pandemic?

The Claim: A lab-concocted strain of ferret flu could become a doomsday weapon or bioterrorist threat.

The Contrarian: Wendy Orent, author of Plague, says the much-hyped fears are unfounded: The new strain presents no danger to humans but reveals a great deal about the transmission of flu.

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Gut Bacteria Tied to Metabolic Syndrome

Certain bacteria in the gut may be associated with various components of the metabolic syndrome, a study in an Old Order Amish community showed.

All of the study participants belonged to one of three groups defined by the presence of separate communities containing six to 12 genera of bacteri... Read More

Mapping Dangerous Disease Hotspots To Control Them

Scared of bird flu? How about the viral Rift Valley fever? These diseases and many others are animal diseases that have grown the ability to infect humans. They’re known as zoonoses. You heard it, zoonoses. And humanity’s ever-growing taste for livestock products could stoke the growth of these ... Read More

Pathogens that feed off human blood

Bacteria may be tiny little micro-organisms but like any other living creature there are certain molecules that they need for survival. No matter what niche a bacterial colony occupies, it eventually requires a source of iron. For bacteria that live within the human body, there is one incredibly... Read More

TWiM #82: Betrayal and compromise

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM #63: Superantigens, S. aureus, and the armpit microbiome

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TWiP 51: Modifying mosquitoes with Anthony A. James

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Early bird registration is now open for all attendees of ICAAC 2013

Registration is now open for all attendees of ICAAC 2013. ICAAC 2013 attendees will represent nearly 100 countries, and the common language is science! Join the world's most renowned scientists as they discuss the state of infection control and prevention on a global scale.

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Taliban bans Pakistan polio vaccinations over drone strikes

A Taliban commander in Pakistan’s tribal belt has banned a vaccination campaign against child polio in protest over frequent United States drone attacks there.

Hafiz Gul Bahadur said that the U.S.-funded vaccinations for tens of thousands of children would be outlawed until drone attacks sto... Read More

Scientists Generate 3D Structure for the Malaria Parasite Genome

A research team led by a cell biologist at the University of California, Riverside has generated a 3D model of the human malaria parasite genome at three different stages in the parasite’s life cycle — the first time such 3D architecture has been generated during the progression of the life cycl... Read More

Terrible Virus, Fascinating History In 'Rabid'

Here's your vocabulary word for the week: zoonosis. It describes an infection that is transmitted between species. For example, the disease that the husband and wife team of Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy have written about in their new book, Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolica... Read More

Experts Recommend FDA Approval of AIDS Prevention Drug

A panel of U.S. experts has recommended federal approval of the first drug shown to prevent HIV — the virus that causes AIDS.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel held two separate votes Thursday on recommending the drug Truvada for healthy people at high risk of AIDS — one fo... Read More
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