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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

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

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

BacterioFiles 164 - Sponge Symbionts Synthesize Stuff

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


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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

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

Dogs, Owners May Swap Disease-Causing Oral Bacteria: Study

If you're a pet-owner who kisses your dog on the mouth, you might want to think twice.

A new study in the journal Archives of Oral Biology suggests that it's possible for disease-causing oral bacteria to be exchanged between dogs and their owners.

Japanese researchers examined dental plaqu... Read More

TWiV 278: Flushing HIV down the zinc

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

TWiV 212: Apocalypse TWiV 122112 212

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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

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 72 letters


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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

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.


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Carl Woese Dies at 84; Discovered Life’s ‘Third Domain’

Carl Woese, a biophysicist and evolutionary microbiologist whose discovery 35 years ago of a “third domain” of life in the vast realm of micro-organisms altered scientific understanding of evolution, died on Sunday at his home in Urbana, Ill. He was 84.

His death was announced by the Universi... Read More

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

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

Bacterial protein in house dust spurs asthma according to NIH study (NIH press release)

A bacterial protein in common house dust may worsen allergic responses to indoor allergens, according to research conducted by the National Institutes of Health and Duke University. The finding is the first to document the presence of the protein flagellin in house dust, bolstering the link betw... 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

The sorceress’s apprentice

ANYONE who walks in the woods will be familiar with witches’ brooms (pictured). Many trees sport these bushy tumours, which have a variety of causes. An important one is a group of bacteria called phytoplasma that are, in turn, carried from plant to plant by sap-sucking insects such as leafhoppe... Read More

Get to know the bacteria and viruses that call your body home

Are you willing to take a close look at yourself for science?

A really, really close look?

A team of scientists in the Bay Area is inviting citizen scientists to join them in a quest to create the largest database of human microbiomes in the world.

The human microbiome is the ecosystem ... Read More
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