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NASA To Study If Space Travel Makes Twins Biologically Different

The world’s only twin astronauts will take center stage in an upcoming NASA experiment that will analyze whether or not identical siblings remain the same biologically if one travels to outer space while the other remains on Earth.

According to the US space agency, astronaut Scott Kelly will ... Read More

Zika virus: Approaching the unknown

Understanding the scale and range of neurological disease associated with Zika virus infection is an urgent priority, warn researchers from the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health. Read More

BacterioFiles Special - ASM2015

Here's my summary of ASM2015, an exciting weekend full of science.


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Better Chocolate with Microbes

For decades, researchers have worked to improve cacao fermentation by controlling the microbes involved. Now, to their surprise, a team of Belgian researchers has discovered that the same species of yeast used in production of beer, bread, and wine works particularly well in chocolate fermentati... Read More

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Tim writes:


I listened to the latest TWIP this morning. Dickson mentioned the herbicide atrazine but thought it was a fungicide. It is actually a herbicide in the photosynthesis inhibitor class. Another bit of trivia about ag chemicals is that old chemicals like ... Read More

Host Biology in Light of the Microbiome: Ten Principles of Holobionts and Hologenomes

Link: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002226

Groundbreaking research on the universality and diversity of microorganisms is now challenging the life sciences to upgrade fundamental theories that once seemed untouchable. To fully appreciate the change that... Read More

Public health surveillance system may underestimate cases of acute hepatitis C infection

A new study suggests that massive underreporting may occur within the system set up by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to estimate the incidence of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In a paper receiving advance online publication in Annals of Internal Medicine, a... Read More

TWiM #119: Power of one

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, and Read More

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Mark writes:


Hello Team TWiM,


I’ve followed with interest your coverage of Michael’s research into use of copper to fight hospital infection. Of all the interesting papers covered in 2013, I think the one most actionable is episode 55, The Copper Room. His res... Read More

TWiV 357: Mistletoe and the Tree of Life

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 155 - Cells Save Superannuated Sequences

This episode: Bacteria are able to incorporate DNA from the environment into their genomes, even if it's thousands of years old!


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Allan writes:


You have the best podcast on the web, hands down. I use your TWiP episodes in both my undergraduate and graduate classes.
Thanks.


I've recently seen a family in Hawaii with recurrent pathogenic Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis a... Read More

ICAAC 2014 - How Quickly Viruses Can Contaminate a Building

Using tracer viruses, researche... Read More

TWiV 305: Rhymes with shinola

Vincent, Alan, and Kathy continue their coverage of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, with a discussion of case fatality ratio, reproductive index, a conspiracy theory, and spread of the virus to the United States.


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The Role of Vitamin D Supplements in Preventing and Treating Disease - ICAAC 2013

There is much interest in the role of nutrients and micronutrients in the support of host defense against infections. However, there is controversy in the ability of supplements to help prevent or treat infections. Speakers discuss research on the role of vitamin D supplements to prevent and/or ... Read More

TWiV 358: Virology and proteomics with Ileana Cristea

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Guest: Ileana Cristea


Vincent meets up with Ileana at Princeton University to talk abou... Read More

BacterioFiles 214 - Cable-Chlorophyte Coop Conducts Current

This episode: Cable bacteria and algae set up electric grid in sediments!


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Chickenpox continues to decline in US thanks to vaccination

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

BacterioFiles 242 - Corporeal Communities Create Characterizing Codes

This episode: Features of the microbial communities of people's bodies could be used to identify individuals!


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BacterioFiles 241 - Colon Colonizers Control Cancer Combat

This episode: Gut microbes enhance the effectiveness of cancer therapies!


(10.7 MB, 11.7 minutes)


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