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Bacteria on Binkies: A Recipe for Crankiness

Pacifiers are among the most aptly named baby paraphernalia, but what if, instead of curing crankiness, they are actually causing babies to be more unruly?

That’s what the latest research suggests: that binkies can be teeming with bacteria, yeast and mold that can actually sicken babies rathe... Read More

TWiV 266: A pathogenic vicious cycle

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and  Read More

Super Gonorrhea Bacteria Spur New Treatment Regimen in Europe

Pfizer Inc.’s Zithromax or a generic version of the antibiotic pill should be added to the standard treatment for gonorrhea to fight multidrug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted bacterium, doctors in Europe said.

New European guidelines for sexually transmitted infections recommend... Read More

TWiP 77: Mixed messages

Vincent and Dickson discuss the exchange of messenger RNAs between a parasitic plant and its hosts.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier 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

BacterioFiles 164 - Sponge Symbionts Synthesize Stuff

This episode: Bacteria symbiotic with sea sponges make many potentially useful compounds!


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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

TWiP 47 Letters

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Tomorrow starts the XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria Conference here in Rio de Janeiro. I read Peter Hotez will be participating in a round-table session on “What is the future role of academic journals in the research, c... Read More

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

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

MdlM112: Esfuerzos en Bolivia para mejorar la calidad microbiológica del agua con Mercedes Iriarte

En este episodio de La Radio el Mundo de los Microbios, la Calidad microbiológica del agua en Cochabamba, Bolivia y otros temas estarán siendo discutidos con la Lic. Mercedes Iriarte, investigadora de C.A.S.A. (Centro de Aguas y Saneamiento Ambiental), de la Universidad Mayor de San Simón, en... Read More

TWiV 278: Flushing HIV down the zinc

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

Amazon Mycorenewal Project launches campaign to clean up world's largest oil spill using microbes

Deep in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon lies one of the worst environmental disasters in human history. Over the past several decades, oil companies have discharged more than 18 billion gallons of petroleum contaminated wastewater into the Sucumbíos region in northeastern Ecuador. The contami... Read More

Bacteria Turn Plants and Insects into Zombies

Many parasites commandeer the bodies of their hosts in order to spread. Examples of this include horsehair worms that reach water by forcing their cricket hosts to drown themselves, and liver flukes that drive infected ants to climb blades of grass, where cows can eat the insects, and so the flu... Read More

Peanut Allergies More Common in Kids from Wealthy Families

Children from wealthy families may more likely to have peanut allergies than those less well-off, a new study finds.

In the study, children ages 1 to 9 from high-income families had higher rates of peanut allergies compared with children these ages from lower income families.

The researche... Read More

Gut Bacteria Often Similar in Humans, Chimps: Study

Humans and chimpanzees have much in common, biologically speaking, and that may now include certain communities -- or ecosystems -- of gut bacteria, a new study finds.

Gut bacteria play a crucial role in collecting nutrients from food, helping the immune system and protecting people against d... Read More

TWiV 212: Apocalypse TWiV 122112 212

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit Read More

The unexpectedly weird and beautiful world of lichens

A fun little read about lichens and their impressive attributes, accompanied by some beautiful photographs. (If the use of the term "kingdom Monera" gives you cause to smirk, just ignore it and keep reading.) Read More

Microbes in Space

Microbes collected from Northern California and throughout the nation will soon blast into orbit for research and a microgravity growth competition on the International Space Station (ISS). This citizen science project, known as Project MERCCURI, is led by UC Davis microbiologists, who are inves... Read More

World Cup may bring viral epidemic to Brazil

The World Cup may bring a lot more than soccer to South America in June — a viral epidemic may be traveling with it.

Research published ahead of print Monday in the Journal of Virology warns that FIFA’s 2014 World Cup — the international soccer tournament that draws both teams and fans from a... Read More

TWiP 72 letters


Robin writes:


plethora (n.)


1540s, a medical word for "excess of body fluid," from Late Latin plethora, from Greek plethore "fullness," from plethein "be full" (see pleio-). Figurative meaning "too-muchness, overfullness in any respect" i... Read More

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