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Soap Compound Could Make It Easier For Staph Bacteria To Colonize In Your Nose

A common ingredient in antibacterial soap can be found in some people's noses, and the presence of this ingredient could be promoting the colonization of Staph bacteria, according to a small new study in the journal mBio.

Researchers from the University of Michigan found triclosan in the nasa... Read More

TWiM #96: A lean, mean sequencing machine

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello

Special guest: Rob Knight

Vincent meets up with Rob Knight to talk about the technology that has... Read More

BacterioFiles 171 - Segments Select Specific Strains

This episode: Ahmed Gomaa and I discuss how to keep some microbes and get rid of others using bacteria's own immune system!

(15.1 MB, 16.5 minutes)

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TWiM #85: Oscillation in the ocean and a Verona integron

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... 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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Six Reasons Why Bacteria Are Good for You

These days we are constantly bombarded by commercial messages urging us to fight germs and rid ourselves of bacteria. But in the right places and amounts, bacteria are actually very valuable to our health and wellness. Under normal circumstances, friendly bacteria found in our digestive system l... Read More

TWiV 313: With viruses like these, who needs enemas?


Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss how norovirus, an enteric virus, can replace the functions of the gut microbiome.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

TWiM #97: There’s gold in them hills

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiV 266: A pathogenic vicious cycle

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and  Read More

TWiP 83: Hidden costs of infection

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel present a new case study, and discuss the effect of chronic malaria infection on wild warbler life span and telomere degradation.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

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

BacterioFiles 180 - Phage Functions Fight Fortifications

This episode: Some phages can fight back against bacterial defenses with recently discovered genes!

(8.3 MB, 9 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 158 - Partners Provide Protein

This episode: Different bacteria working together can thrive better than when working alone!

(9.9 MB, 10.75 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 172 - Sunlight-Snackers Seize Sparks

This episode: Some photosynthetic bacteria can use electricity for their metabolism to make useful stuff too!

(9.2 MB, 10 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 162 - Desert Dwellers Densify Dunes

This episode: Spraying cyanobacteria could turn deserts into useful land!

(9.3 MB, 10.13 minutes)

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TWiV 278: Flushing HIV down the zinc

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

TWiP 93: A fishy tale unfolds

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

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Eczema in Infants Linked to Gut Bacteria

Children with eczema have a more diverse set of bacteria in their guts than non affected children, finds a new study in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Microbiology. The types of bacteria present were also more typical of adult gut microbes than for toddlers without eczema.

Eczema is... Read More

TWiV 287: A potentially pandemic podcast

Matt updates the TWiV team on MERS-coronavirus, and joins in a discussion of whether we should further regulate research on potentially pandemic pathogens.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

TWiP 94: Loa hanging fruit

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve the case about the man from El Salvador, and discuss the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors to treat onchocerciasis and filariasis.

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