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TWiM #95: A microbe lover in San Diego

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.


Special guest: Stanley Maloy


Vincent meets up with Stan Maloy o... Read More

BacterioFiles 186 - Matched Mice, Mismatched Microbiota

This episode: Gut microbes can be different even in genetically identical mice in similar conditions!


(7.4 MB, 8 minutes)


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Antibiotic use aids MRSA spread in hospital and infection control measures do little to prevent it, says hospital study

The use of a commonly prescribed antibiotic is a major contributor to the spread of infection in hospitals by the ‘superbug’ MRSA, according to new research. The study also found that increasing measures to prevent infection – such as improved hygiene and hand washing – appeared to have only a s... Read More

WILD BOARS ARE RESERVOIR OF HEPATITIS E VIRUS: HIGH PREVALENCE AMONG FORESTRY WORKERS IN EASTERN FRANCE

Nearly one third of forestry workers in parts of eastern France are infected with Hepatitis E virus (HEV), according to a paper in the September Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Wild boars in the same region are also heavily infected. HEV is endemic in developing nations, but heretofore, HEV in... Read More

Missing Carl Woese---RIP!

I comment a bit, as an educator, about the loss of Carl Woese. Not only the importance of his discoveries, but how he went about his work, remains of great value. Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 106 - Ricardo Santos

Aunque el género Mycobacterium es asociado a infecciones tales como la lepra y la tuberculosis, hay un gran número de especies que son por lo general no patogénicos o patógenos oportunistas. En el episodio de hoy tenemos al Dr. Ricardo Santos del Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa, Portugal... Read More

Where You Live May Determine What Lives Inside Your Mouth

Lately, we've been learning more and more about the teeming masses of bacteria inside our bodies - essentially trillions of tiny organisms that make us sick and keep us healthy.

Now two scientists at the University of Colorado have dared to ask what kinds of bacteria lives inside our mouths. ... Read More

TWiV 201: Rabid about viruses

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Yeast cells that share food have a survival edge over their freeloading neighbors — particularly when there is bacterial competition.

Many species exhibit cooperative survival strategies — for example, sharing food or alerting other individuals when a predator is nearby. However, there are almost always freeloaders in the population who will take advantage of cooperators. This can be seen even among microbes such as yeast, whe... Read More

BacterioFiles 167 - Gut Grows Gluten Gluttons

This episode: Some bacteria in the guts of healthy volunteers are able to break down gluten!


(9.7 MB, 10.5 minutes)


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TWiV 199: Of mice, ticks, and pigs

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Giant Viruses Are Ancient Living Organisms

A new study of giant viruses supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued. The study may reshape the universal family tree, adding a fourth major branch to the three that most scientists agree represent ... Read More

Gram Stains: A Resource for Retrospective Analysis of Bacterial Pathogens

The Gram stain is commonly used in epidemiologic and clinical studies. It involves smearing a sample onto a slide, staining the material using dyes that bind to bacterial cells, and visually inspecting under a microscope. Many epidemiologic and clinical studies of pregnancy, sexually transmitted... Read More

BacterioFiles 185 - Bacteroid Builds Beta-lactam Buffer

This episode: Antibiotic-degrading probiotics protect mouse gut microbes from hostile pathogen takeover after antibiotic treatment!


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TWiV 274: Data dump

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

Sugary Drinks Increase Bad Bacteria in Gut, Risk of Diabetes

Sugary drinks help bad microbes grow in the human gut, according to a study published in the journal Obesity Reviews. This increase leads to many health complications like obesity and metabolic syndrome, raising risk of diseases associated with metabolic syndrome like diabetes.

The study says... Read More

TWiV 203 Letters

Suzanne writes:


Your most recent TWIV in Nebraska made me want to add a few verses to that old kids’ song…


“There’s a virus in the alga in the paramecium on the speck on the flea on the wart on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in th... Read More

TWiV 204 Letters

Tom writes:


In case this didn’t make the news in the city, I thought you might be interested in this report of Hantavirus in the Adirondacks. It looks like a wooden lean-to was the “scene of the crime” again!


Tom


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Feeding microbials to chickens leads to mysterious immune response

A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science helps researchers further understand how microbials and probiotics affect poultry health.

Researchers at the North Carolina State University and Chung Jen College of Nursing, Health Sciences and Management (Taiwan) conducted a study ... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 152 - Scientists Subjugate Circadian Cycles

This episode: Circadian rhythms in bacteria are amazingly simple, and now scientists have figured out how to modify their effects to help produce useful chemicals!


(11.2 MB, 12.25 minutes)


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