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Bacterial Community Inside the Plant Root: Plants Choose Soil Bacteria That They Allow Into Their Roots

Soil is the most species-rich microbial ecosystem in the world. From this incredible diversity, plants specifically choose certain species, give them access to the root and so host a unique, carefully selected bacterial community from which they then benefit in a variety of ways. To achieve this... Read More

Wash state expecting epidemic pertussis outbreak

More than 1,100 cases of whooping cough have already been diagnosed this year in Washington state, nearly doubling the number seen in typical "peak" years.

Washington state is gearing up for one of the worst epidemics of pertussis in nearly seven decades. Pertussis, also known as whooping co... Read More

Pathogens that feed off human blood

Bacteria may be tiny little micro-organisms but like any other living creature there are certain molecules that they need for survival. No matter what niche a bacterial colony occupies, it eventually requires a source of iron. For bacteria that live within the human body, there is one incredibly... Read More

TWiP 45: Free range Toxoplasma with John Boothroyd

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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TWiM #46: Spore!

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

TWiP 48: A parasitic cloaking device

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier, and Yosef Sabo


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Return of Influenza - A “Microbes After Hours” Series - Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall is on the horizon, bringing with it freshly-sharpened pencils, vibrantly-colored leaves, and of course - the annual influenza season. Join us at ASM Headquarters on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, from 6 - 8 PM ET ( Read More

Scientists Reveal How Cholera Bacterium Gains a Foothold in the Gut

A team of biologists at the University of York has made an important advance in our understanding of the way cholera attacks the body. The discovery could help scientists target treatments for the globally significant intestinal disease which kills more than 100,000 people every year.

The dis... Read More

Scientists Generate 3D Structure for the Malaria Parasite Genome

A research team led by a cell biologist at the University of California, Riverside has generated a 3D model of the human malaria parasite genome at three different stages in the parasite’s life cycle — the first time such 3D architecture has been generated during the progression of the life cycl... Read More

Scientist dismisses US group's fear that creation of airborne H5N1 virus could inspire bio-terrorism

One of the scientists at the centre of the controversy over the creation a highly dangerous form of bird flu which could cause a devastating human pandemic has denounced attempts by the US Government to censor the research over fears that the findings might be misused by bioterrorists.

Yoshih... Read More

TWiM #64: URI and UTI at ICAAC in Denver

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Taliban bans Pakistan polio vaccinations over drone strikes

A Taliban commander in Pakistan’s tribal belt has banned a vaccination campaign against child polio in protest over frequent United States drone attacks there.

Hafiz Gul Bahadur said that the U.S.-funded vaccinations for tens of thousands of children would be outlawed until drone attacks sto... Read More

'Space Superbugs,' Slimy Bacteria From Stratosphere, Eyed As New Fuel Cell Power Source

A U.K.-based research team has created a fuel cell that can power a lightbulb, with the aid of a high flying bacteria found in the Earth’s atmosphere. Bacterially-run fuel cells may provide a cheap, portable source of energy for villages without electricity and they're a potential source of gree... Read More

TWiP 51: Modifying mosquitoes with Anthony A. James

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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TWiM #59: Are viruses part of our immune system?

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Michael Schmidt.


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Experts Recommend FDA Approval of AIDS Prevention Drug

A panel of U.S. experts has recommended federal approval of the first drug shown to prevent HIV — the virus that causes AIDS.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel held two separate votes Thursday on recommending the drug Truvada for healthy people at high risk of AIDS — one fo... Read More

TWiM #43: Bacterial caveolae and zapping acne with phages

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Study: Living with dogs may help guard against respiratory virus

Dog owners and parents, take a deep breath. Get your children to take a deep breath.

And most importantly, shake some carpets, fluff your pillows and get your infants to take a deep breath – or lick the floor.

Because new research from UC San Francisco and the University of Michigan indic... Read More

TWiM #53: Live in Manchester (with video!)

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Laura Piddock, Read More

TWiM #82: Betrayal and compromise

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

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