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
This episode: Bacteria could reduce mercury's toxicity in their environment!
(6.5 MB, 7 minutes)
Methanotrophs (bacteria that use methane for their carbon and energy) secrete siderophore-like compounds that are usually used to chelate copper and make it more bioavailable, but ... Read More
This episode: Some Wolbachia bacteria produce vitamin B7 for their insect hosts!
(7.1 MB, 7.75 minutes)
Matt updates the TWiV team on MERS-coronavirus, and joins in a discussion of whether we should further regulate research on potentially pandemic pathogens.
This episode: Interview with Jordi van Gestel: cheaters in bacterial communities don't always succeed!
(13.1 MB, 14.25 minutes)
This episode: Some insects have bacterial symbionts with super-small genomes inside their cells, and some of these symbionts have their own internal bacterial symbionts!
This episode: Bacteria isolated from bats' skin inhibits the growth of bat-killing fungus!
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This episode: Scientists engineered E. coli to seek and destroy pathogens!
(10 MB, 11 minutes)
A bacterium can sense pathogens in the body, swim toward them, and release a deadly biofilm-busting payload. This process is called pseudotaxis, and could be modified for many... Read More
This episode: Sampling microbial populations in sewage from cities could reveal differences in the human populations, such as prevalence of obesity!
(9.1 MB, 9.9 minutes)
Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss the association of a virus with sea star melting disease, and the finding of a phycodnavirus in the oropharynx of humans with altered cognitive functions.
This episode: Ants teaming with bacteria help defend plants from bacterial pathogens!
(9.4 MB, 10.2 minutes)
Daniel: I was fascinated by your answer to the case from TWIP 91 - the life cycle of the southeast Asian worm (I won't even try to spell it.) Re early symptom coughing & wheezing: if the ED did a chest X-ray out of concern about the lungs, would the... Read More