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
Since the chickenpox vaccine became available in the U.S. in 1995, there has been a large reduction in chickenpox cases. Hospitalizations and outpatient visits for chickenpox have continued their decline after a second dose of the vaccine was recommended to improve protection against the disease... Read More
Programming living cells offers the prospect of harnessing sophisticated biological machinery for transformative applications in energy, agriculture, water remediation and medicine. Inspired by engineering, researchers in the emerging field of synthetic biology have designed a tool box of small ... Read More
This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria!
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Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed. Read More
Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Mar... Read More
New insights into a surprisingly flexible immune system present in bacteria for combating viruses and other foreign DNA invaders have been revealed by researchers from the University of Otago and the Netherlands.
A team led by Dr Peter Fineran of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology ... Read More
Hi Vincent and Dickson,
I enjoy TWIP, and often recommend it to my students. I'm a parasitologist, primarily a Leishmaniac, but I have learnt a lot from TWIP. I find it both more educational and entertaining than Car Talk.
The disc... Read More
This episode: Bacteria living in plants could help plants clean up cancer-causing pollutants!
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Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,
Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. Read More
It goes by many names: Delhi belly. Montezuma's revenge. The Aztec two-step. But doctors use one not-so-glamorous term: traveler's diarrhea. Read More
A prototype medical dressing that 'lights up' when dangerous bacteria are present has been developed at the University of Bath. The invention means that life-threatening infections in child burn victims could in future be detected with nothing more than a UV light.
The dressing contains nanoc... Read More
This episode: Colonizing ourselves with friendly bacteria could drive out more risky ones, such as those that cause meningitis!
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