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TWiV 269: Herpesvirus stops a nuclear attack

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier Read More

Salmonella unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa

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

MdlM115: Los virus entéricos humanos, un gran problema para la salud pública con Albert Bosh

Los virus entéricos humanos, su presencia y prevalencia en el ambiente, es el tema de hoy para La Radio el Mundo de los Microbios.  El Dr. Albert Bosh, Profesor Titular de la Universidad de Barcelona n... Read More

TWiV 362: Gotta catch 'em all

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

TWiV 250: Wookie viruses

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Robert Garcea<... Read More

Researchers identify cause of heart damage in sepsis patients

Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH) have discovered a common cause of heart damage in patients with sepsis.

Sepsis is the most common cause of death in hospitalised critically ill people and affects up to 18 million people world-wide ann... Read More

TWiV 276: Ramblers go viral

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 Host: Vincent Racaniello


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Traitors in our midst: Bacteria use toxins to turn our own bodies against us

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Researchers who have revealed a highly efficient way that bacteria use toxins to interrupt the immune response say that until now, the trickery of these toxins has been underappreciated in science. Read More

The #LuxArt2015 Art Competition By My Students!

Because of all the recent interest in "microbiological art," I decided to challenge my Biology 350 students to "paint" using luminous bacteria. We have a balloting process, tallied the results, and made some appropriate awards! I think the world of my students, and I hope you enjoy this view i... Read More

BacterioFiles 218 - Parasitoids Pass Protective Prokaryotes

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


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Otago research sheds new light on key bacterial immune system

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

A preliminary report on the contact-independent antagonism of Pseudogymnoascus destructans by Rhodococcus rhodochrous strain DAP96253

This article provides the preliminary results of a possible treatment/ Biological control agent for White Nose Syndrome (WNS) cause by Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It is estimated that over 5.5 of North American bats have died due to this deadly disease. Recently this method of treatment descri... Read More

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Allan writes:


Dear Vincent & Dickson… and Daniel,


I always enjoy listening to TWIP here in Kona, Hawaii.


Our weather today is 79ºF and clear but we have just experienced a record 25-year overnight low of 54ºF,
(FREEZING, as few of us hav... Read More

Bacterial 'FM radio' developed

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

TWiV 368: Infected, you will be

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit Read More

TWiV 251: Don't kiss the camel

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TWiV 261: Giants among viruses

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Jame... Read More

Neanderthal Viruses Found in Modern Humans

Ancient viruses from Neanderthals have been found in modern human DNA by researchers at Oxford University and Plymouth University.

The researchers compared genetic data from fossils of Neanderthals and another group of ancient human ancestors called Denisovans to data from modern-day cancer p... Read More

A case of prion disease acquired from contaminated beef

Spongiform encephalopathies are neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding of normal cellular prion proteins. A 2014 case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob prion disease in the United States was probably caused by eating beef from animals with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow d... Read More
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