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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

BacterioFiles 216 - Probiotic Promotes Peanut Permissiveness

This episode: Kate Franz and Matt Woodruff from Audiommunity join me to talk about a clinical trial of peanut immunotherapy with probiotics to treat peanut allergies!


(29 MB, 31.75 minutes)


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BacterioFiles 207 - Microbe Messages Mire Malaria Movement

This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria!


(10.2 MB, 11.2 minutes)


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TWiV 344: Glaswegians go viral

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Guests: Ruth Jarrett 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

TWiV 264: We should do an all email show some day

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BacterioFiles 238 - Forcing Fungal Familiarization

This episode: Of genes that are similar in yeast and humans, almost half of the yeast versions are functional when replaced with the human version!


(7.9 MB, 8.5 minutes)


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TWiM 109 Letters


Geoffrey writes:


Dear Doctors:


I just went to my semi-annual dental appointment and I thought of a potentially interesting oral health monitor - the plaque biofilm that they scrape off your teeth during the cleaning. Brush immediately before the cleaning ... Read More

TWiP 99: You get your polar bear from your nana

The TWiP trifecta solves the case of the Professor Who Went to Brazil, and discuss an amazing case of a tapeworm that turned into a tumor in an AIDS patient.


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TWiP 97 letters

Jerry writes:


Scabies


Nancy writes:


Scabies.
I mean, Scabies?
I hope the gentleman contracted them via a freshly contaminated, unlaundered hand towel.


Thank you for all you do, guys.


Nancy


Steve writes... Read More

TWiV 355: Baby's first virome

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Vitamin A supplementation may cause the immune system to 'forget' past infections

Although vitamin A supplementation can have profound health benefits when someone is deficient, new evidence is emerging to show that vitamin A supplementation above and beyond normal levels may have negative health consequences. A new research report published in the July 2015 issue of the Jour... Read More

BacterioFiles 193 - Milk Modifies Monkey Microbes

This episode: Being raised with their mother and breastmilk vs. bottle-fed in a nursery significantly affects macaque microbiomes and their immune system profile!


(7.7 MB, 8.4 minutes)


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MWV 101 - Profiling the Poglianos (TWiM 115)

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Special guests: Kit Pogliano and Joe Pogliano


Vincent take This Week in Microbiology to th... 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 108 Letters

Nervous in San Diego writes:


Dear Professors of TWiM,
I was recently introduced to TWiM by a neighbor. For the last few weeks I have been listening to the backlog of TWiM podcasts, mainly while walking our dog. Regrettably, our dog is a lousy conversationalist. L... Read More

TWiV 354: The cat in the HAART

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove 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

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

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
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