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TWiV 185 Letters

Ed writes:


Vincent, Dick, Rich, Alan et al.,


A couple more visual science-type picks for you to follow on from Kathy Spindler’s pick – APoD


The stunning new Pursuit of Light video from NASA:  Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 93 - Virus Visualizes Neural Networks

This episode: Scientists use a modified rabies virus to map brain connections!



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TWiM #90: Think globally, act locally

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.


Special guests: Laurene Mascola and Read More

Antibody Therapies for C. difficile

Clostridium difficile infection is an important cause of intestinal disease, primarily affecting hospitalized patients exposed to antibiotics. Infection has been associated with prolonged hospital stays and excess healthcare expenditures. In recent years, C. difficile infections have become more... Read More

TWiP 73: I'm nibbling my way back to you

Vincent and Dickson discuss how nibbling of human cells by Entamoeba histolytica, a process called amoebic trogocytosis, contributes to cell killing and tissue invasion.


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TWiM #86: Blurring the line between organelle and endosymbiont

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

Small Things Considered: An Evolutionary Tale of Zombie Ants and Fungal Villains & Knights

In a recent post I shared with you some amazing things I had learnt about coprophilous (‘dung-loving’) fungi that spit their spores like pros. What I did not tell you then is that my six-year-old son also fell in love with the spitting fungi (dung + spit = child’s interest!) and wanted to learn ... Read More

TWiV 198: Pox has got a squeeze-box, seals are gonna sneeze all night

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Germ killer in hand soap may weaken muscles

A chemical widely used in soaps, toothpaste, and toys weakens muscles in mice. Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical, hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level, slows swimming in fish, and reduces muscular strength in mice, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, an... Read More

Superbug MRSA Identified in US Wastewater Treatment Plants

A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has found that the "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is prevalent at several U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). MRSA is well known for causing difficult-to-treat and potentially fat... Read More

TWiV 199 Letters

Nels writes:


Dear Vincent,


A note of gratitude to you and your crew for generously “interrogating” my recent paper on the experimental evolution of vaccinia virus.


BTW, it was evolutionary biologist Leigh Van Valen (not Richard Dawkins) who proposed an... Read More

TWiV 208: The biomedical research crisis with Jon Yewdell

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 126 - Tamed Trespasser Tramples Tumors

This episode: A harmless pathogen strain combined with radioactivity can fight pancreatic cancer!


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Should the Moratorium on Enhancing H5N1 Transmissibility End?

How can scientists safely conduct avian flu research if the results could threaten or save millions of lives? A series of Commentaries in mBio this week presents some important perspectives on the type of H5N1 influenza research that started (the ongoing) widespread controversy among both scient... Read More

BacterioFiles Special Edition - ASM2013 General Meeting Day 2

Here's my summary of the second day of ASM2013, an exciting day full of science.


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TWiV 280: Post viral

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier Read More

TWiV 273: Lambda is not just a phage

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HIV Infection and Cardiovascular Health

Since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s, HIV infection has evolved from a near-certain death sentence to a manageable, chronic disease. Still, little is known about the long-term effects of HIV on human health. Two studies being presented today on cardiova... Read More

Researchers Discover Bacteria That Can Produce Pure Gold

The gold you see in the photo above was not found in a river or a mine. It was produced by a bacteria that, according to researchers at Michigan State University, can survive in extreme toxic environments and create 24-karat gold nuggets. Pure gold.

Maybe this critter can save us all from the... Read More

MWV Episode 72 - Jonathan Eisen - Evolvability, the Built Environment and Open Science

Jonathan Eisen is an evolutionary biologist, currently working at University of California, Davis and is the academic editor-in-chief of the open-access journal PLoS Biology.


On this episode, J... Read More

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