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TWiV 377: Chicken with a side of Zika

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiV 366: Doctorates down under

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Carla Giles, Zoe Dyson, Brianna McLean, and Caitlin O'Brien

In Melbourne, Australia, Vincent speaks with four PhD students about their research projects and what... 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

TWiM 111 Letters

Noah writes:

Dear Dr. Schaechter,

First off, I want to thank you for the effort you and your colleagues have invested in Small Things Considered and the podcast TWIM.  Back when I had a longer commute to work, I listened more religiously than now, wh... Read More

BacterioFiles 218 - Parasitoids Pass Protective Prokaryotes

This episode: Parasitoid wasps spread helpful bacterial symbionts between their whitefly prey!

(10.9 MB, 11.9 minutes)

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TWiV 291: Ft. Collins abuzz with virologists

Vincent, Rich, and Kathy and their guests Clodagh and Ron recorded this episode at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Society for Virology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Hosts: ... Read More

TWiV 370: Ten out of 15

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

<... 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

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

TWiV 362: Gotta catch 'em all

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, Read More

MMP #8: Producing yeast strains for making lager beers with new flavor notes

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Stijn Mertens.

Mertens, a graduate student working with Kevin Verstrepen at the University of Leuven in Belgium, talks with Jeff Fox about their efforts to develop new yeast strains for making lager beers—imparting novel flavor and aroma notes withou... Read More

TWiM 122 Letters

Hunter writes:

Greetings TWiM crew!
I recently learned of a new game (currently getting ready for Alpha and crowd funding) where players will edit microbes at the genetic level and pit them against microbes created by other players. The game is called... 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

BacterioFiles 249 - Spores Survive Spaceship Scorching

This episode: Bacterial spores can survive atmospheric entry on an artificial meteorite!

(10.7 MB, 11.25 minutes)

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J... Read More

BacterioFiles 210 - Archaea Acquired Alternative Abilities

This episode: Genes taken from bacteria may have been important for the evolution of distinct groups of archaea!

(7.4 MB, 8 minutes)

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TWiM #132: Bacteria learn long division

Vincent, Elio, and Michele present cell division by longitudinal scission in an insect symbiont, and thermally activated charge transport in microbial nanowires.

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TWiP 95 letters

Ruben writes:

Dear Day-Twippers,

I am a big fan of TWIP. You do so many things right, that a little problem in your TWiP94 broadcast is not a big deal. As you may already know all three drugs in the Nutman et al. study are small molecules, not monoclonals, the... 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

BacterioFiles 244 - Rabbit Viruses Exploding Cancer

This episode: A conversation with Audiommunity hosts about a rabbit virus that may help treat cancer while preventing the treatment from killing the patient!

(39.2 MB, 42.9 minutes)

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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
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