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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.


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TWiV 197: Cloning HeLa cells with Professor Philip I. Marcus

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Philip I. Marcus


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BacterioFiles Special Edition - ASM2013 General Meeting Day 1

I went to the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, in Denver, Colorado, and I wanted to share some of the fascinating science that I experienced. So here's my summary of the first day!


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TWiV 200 Letters

Luis writes:


Hi TWiVers!


I am writing to you this time because I have just read a short report in “El Pais” (the highest-circulation daily newspaper in our country) referring to the fact that five “exotic” mosquitos are establishing a permanen... Read More

The Emerging Role of Social Media in Public Health

Over the past fifteen years, Internet technology has significantly changed the landscape of public health surveillance and epidemic intelligence gathering. Disease and outbreak data is disseminated not only through formal online announcements by government agencies, but also through informal cha... Read More

Do Cranberries Prevent UTIs?

There is a long history of anecdotal evidence to suggest that cranberries and other alternative therapies to long-term antibiotics can prevent recurrent urinary tract infections but are they really as effective as antibiotics or even a viable alternative for people who do not want to take antibi... Read More

TWiV Special: Ignorance with Stuart Firestein

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Read More

TWiM 76 Letters

Geoffrey writes:


Doctors:

I just got around to listening to episode 12 “Photothermal Nanoblades and Genome Engineering”. Your comment that it would need to be scaled up before it was practical for some of you to use intrigued me. I did a quick Google sear... Read More

Seasonal Flu Vaccine and Pandemic Flu Severity

Seasonal flu vaccines are targeted for strains of the influenza virus that public health officials believe will be most prevalent in the upcoming season. While the vaccine primes the immune system to protect against those specific strains, what does it mean for other future strains of the virus.... Read More

Bacteria Work Shows Profit in Openness

It was an experiment with bacteria that emboldened Novozymes A/S (NZYMB) into stepping up disclosures about its work to pressure groups. The openness paid off, and now the manufacturer is part of a growing club pushing transparency worldwide.

The maker of enzymes for chemical reactions was us... Read More

TWiP 57: An outbreak of cyclosporiasis

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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Viruses act like self-packing suitcases

Researchers at the University of Leeds have identified a crucial stage in the lifecycle of simple viruses like polio and the common cold that could open a new front in the war on viral disease.

The team are the first to observe at a single-molecule level how the genetic material (genome) that... Read More

A viral grappling hook: Flu virus attacks like a pirate boarding party

Viruses are biological pirates, invading cells and hijacking their machinery to reproduce and infect again. Research at Harvard Medical School is shedding new light on the battle line where viral and cell membranes meet, and the key role of a protein grappling hook with which the influenza virus... Read More

TWiV 207: Silk sheets and viral infidelity

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How a potato juice supplement could help cure stomach ulcers

Stomach ulcers could have handed in their chips - thanks to the humble potato.

Scientists at Manchester University have discovered spuds contain unique antibacterial molecules that can treat the condition.

Members of the university’s microbiology team now hope the substance, dubbed ‘pota... Read More

Quorum sensing: Researchers examine bacteria communication

European researchers at Linköping University in Sweden are showing how bacteria control processes in human cells through a process called quorum sensing. This phenomenon is where bacteria talk to each other via molecules they themselves produce and is an important process during their proliferat... Read More

BacterioFiles 177 - Phages Fight Food Filth

This episode: Phages could be used to reduce infection with dangerous bacteria from meat and vegetables!


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TWiV 210: Bond, covalent bond

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