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BacterioFiles 163 - Pseudomyrmex Sidekicks Stop Sprout Sickness

This episode: Ants teaming with bacteria help defend plants from bacterial pathogens!

(9.4 MB, 10.2 minutes)

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TWiV 271: To bee, or not to bee, that is the infection

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

A 28-days course for full-time and complete treatment of HIV

In this conversation, not only we shall make a brief discussion about the real origin of HIV, but also we discuss about several drugs, which are already available in markets, and can completely 'heal' people from HIV after 28 days of consumption. The cooperator with the Central Intelligence Agen... Read More

Antimicrobial from soaps promotes bacteria buildup in human noses

An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and could predispose some people to infection. Researchers at the University of Michigan report their fi... Read More

Too exhausted to fight -- and to do harm

An 'exhausted' army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers fight too hard they risk damaging the very body they are meant to be protecting, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. Read More

BacterioFiles 230 - Plant Prokaryotes Promote Protein Production

This episode: Bacteria in and around plants can help fertilizer them, even in non-legume plants!

(11.1 MB, 12.15 minutes)

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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 145 - Clostridium Converts Cortisol

This episode: Gut bacteria may convert cortisol into important human hormones!

(6 MB, 6.5 minutes)

Note: Episode 144 is now available too. Sorry about that. Not sure what went wrong there, but it is regrettable.

A minor player in the gut, Clostridium scindens,... Read More

Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate 'Healthy'

Boy, it's a good time to be a dark chocolate lover.

We've noted before the growing evidence that a daily dose of the bitter bean may help reduce blood pressure. There also seems to be a link between a regular chocolate habit and lower body weight.

Now scientists are offering an explanation... Read More

TWiM #112: Mushroom pickers and mushroom kickers

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiV 275: Virocentricity with Eugene Koonin

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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 108 - Grace Robiou

Nuevas guías de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (USEPA) para las aguas recreacionales:  éste es el tópico que discutiremos hoy con Grace Robiou, quien ha trabajado durante los últimos años buscando nuevos indicadores de riesgo que protejan mejor a los bañistas.

Aunque en el mu... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 148 - Engineered Escherichia Enzyme Enhances Environmentalism

This episode: Engineered bacteria could help capture CO2 and convert it into a solid form for storage!

(7.3 MB, 8 minutes)

E. coli engineered to produce the enzyme carbonic anhydrase, which converts carbon dioxide to bicarbonate and then to calcium carbonate,... Read More

TWiV 215: Illuminating rabies and unwrapping a SARI

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 150 - Morels Make Mycelial Motorways

This episode: Bacteria use fungal filaments like highways to swim through soil!

(7.7 MB, 8.3 minutes)

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TWiP 93 letters

Sandra writes:

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

TWiM 62 Letters

Robert writes:
In TWIM #60 @1:06:23 Michael Schmidt suggests that glucose for fermentation from biomass is a necessary step in production of fuel ethanol. Fuel ethanol and other low molecular weight compounds can also be produced by autotrophic anaerobic fermentation of ... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 149 - Psychrobacter Survives Siberian Schisms

This episode: Cold-loving bacteria can repair surprising amounts of DNA damage even sub-zero temperatures!

(9.1 MB, 9.9 minutes)

Bacteria isolated from the Siberian arctic permafrost are exposed to a lot of radiation over thousands of years, but somehow they are able to repair... Read More

BacterioFiles 223 - Fecal Fusions Forecast Fatness

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)

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BacterioFiles 199 - Prokaryote Protein Provokes Problem

This episode: A protein from gut bacteria has been tentatively linked with a human protein related to eating disorders!

(11.4 MB, 12.4 minutes)

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Bacterial enzyme may help people quit smoking

Current smoking cessation aids fail in 80 to 90 percent of smokers. The idea behind this therapy would be to destroy nicotine before it reaches the brain—depriving a person of the “reward” of nicotine that can trigger relapse into smoking. Pseudomonas putida, a bacterium typically found in tobac... Read More
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