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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

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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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

TWiV 297: Ebola! Don't panic

The TWiVites present an all-ebolavirus episode, tackling virology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention and cure that are in the pipeline.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

TWiP 96 letters

 Ella writes:


Long time listener, first time email.


I am surprised that no one got the diarrhea case, although I would have been wrong as well, so many familiar parasites!

I was diagnosed with Blastocystis hominus in 1990 when I came ... Read More

BacterioFiles 205 - Colon Community Counterattacks Cholera

This episode: Microbes in the human gut seem to prevent/inhibit cholera!


(10.5 MB, 11.5 minutes)


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Journal Paper

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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

TWiV 249: An inordinate fondness for viruses

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier,  Read More

Treating gum disease with oral microbiota transplants

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, about half of American adults have periodontal disease, which affects gum tissues and the bones supporting the teeth. Apparently, the prevalence of periodontal disease increases with age, with the highest prevalence for those that smoke, thos... Read More

TWiM 107 Letters

Jim writes:


Hi Vince,
For your interest in listening to physics, there is a podcast called The Titanium Physicists Podcast. They use a conversational format similar to what you use. They have a panel of experts and a guest who is not a physicist but who is accom... Read More

TWiV 348: Chicken shift

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit


Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Mar... Read More

BacterioFiles 209 - Myxococcus Menace Motivates Megastructures

This episode: Microbial predators in soil cause microbial prey to build fortifications!


(8.8 MB, 9.5 minutes)


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BacterioFiles 235 - Dust DNA Detectives with Dr. Dunn

This episode: I talk with Dr. Rob Dunn about his team's research into determining where a dust sample comes from based on the microbes present in it!


(12.6 MB, 13.7 minutes)


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What Should First Year Students Learn About Microbiology?

Many institutions, such as my own, only have one microbiology course. In this second "Mu-Tube" video, I ask my current junior and senior Microbiology students what *they* think first year students ought to know about #MattersMicrobial. I think their opinions are interesting, and will inform my... 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

Using Microbes to Generate Electricity

Dr. Lenny Tender, research chemist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has co-invented a microbial fuel cell that persistently generates electrical power in marine environments.The fuel cell draws electricity from the sea floor, creating an interface between the sediment on the bottom of a m... Read More

Human antibodies that neutralize respiratory droplet transmissible H5N1 influenza viruses

There have been several outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses affecting humans over the past decade, the causes of which have been limited to direct human contact with infected birds. Recent publications suggest that a very small number of coding mutations in the viral HA g... Read More

TWiV 351: The dengue code

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

BacterioFiles 204 - Animalcules Assist Agave Amino Accumulation

This episode: Bacteria living in plants seem to be contributing to plants' nutrition, possibly reducing the need for fertilizer!


(17.5 MB, 19.15 minutes)


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TWiV 356: Got viruses?

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

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