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TWiP 80: Daniel in the parasites' den

Vincent and Dickson welcome new TWiP host Daniel Griffin to discuss the association of a new Mycoplasma with trichomoniasis, and to introduce a new feature to the show, a case study.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniel... Read More

TWiM #95: A microbe lover in San Diego

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.


Special guest: Stanley Maloy


Vincent meets up with Stan Maloy o... Read More

BacterioFiles 198 - Dampening Dust Defense

This episode: Modified probiotic bacteria could reduce life-threatening allergies!


(6.3 MB, 6.8 minutes)


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BacterioFiles 197 - Fucose Feeds Friendly Fighters

This episode: When sensing an infection, mice make sure to keep their gut bacteria well-fed. And it pays off!


(11.8 MB, 13 minutes)


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MWV Episode 93 - TWiM #95 - A microbe lover in San Diego

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.


Special guest: Stanley Maloy


Vincent meets up with Stan Maloy o... Read More

Antibiotics in Blood Can Make Malaria Mosquitoes Mightier

It's well known that antibiotics can disrupt our gut bacteria. But when mosquitoes snack on blood laced with antibiotics, the same can happen to their microbiome. And that depletion of gut bacteria actually increases mosquitoes' susceptibility to the malaria parasite. Meaning they may be more li... Read More

Protein ID'd as possible universal therapeutic target for many infections, including Ebola

A protein called GRP78 could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria such as MRSE and MRSA, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led pre-clinical study published this month in the Journal of Cel... Read More

How E. coli passes safely through stomach acid

In some parts of the world, many small children become infected with severe diarrhea which often proves fatal. The condition is usually caused by strains of Escherichia coli (commonly known as E. coli) bacteria, and bacteria of the genus Yersinia. These bacteria attach themselves to the wall of ... Read More

BacterioFiles 199 - Prokaryote Protein Provokes Problem

This episode: A protein from gut bacteria has been tentatively linked with a human protein related to eating disorders!


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Inspiration for 2015 via the Late, Great Randy Pausch!

The late computer scientist Randy Pausch wrote many inspirational things about life and academia during his struggle with pancreatic cancer. As we approach 2015, his words are helpful to me, and perhaps to others. About life, about academia, about helping others...and making our dreams come tr... Read More

Universal Flu Vaccine Soon a Reality?

A flu vaccine that works against all flu viruses and provides protection for at least two decades is getting closer to reality, according to scientists at Mount Sinai Health System.

The organization’s vaccine would offer better and broader and longer-lasting protection against seasonal influe... Read More

Bacteria Can't Cling to 'Repulsive' New Surface

Bacteria can’t stick to a new type of nanoscale surface that could prove useful in food processing, medical, and shipping industries.

The technology uses an electrochemical process called anodization to create nanoscale pores that change the electrical charge and surface energy of a metal sur... Read More

Cholera Bacteria Spear Their Prey to Grab Genes

The bacteria that cause cholera grab genes from other organisms in a particularly predatory and precise way, new research finds: They spear neighboring cells with a kind of poison-tipped spike.

Bacteria often grab genes from other organisms and incorporate that DNA into their own genomes. But... Read More

Nicely Aged

Resurrecting ancient beers and wines is a subtle alchemy, but Patrick McGovern knows all the tricks. He directs the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Many of his ancient brews are sold by Dogfish Head brewery i... Read More

TWiP 80 letters

Jessica writes:


Hello Dr Racaniello and Despommier,


I recently saw an article about the paper linked below on Science Daily and thought it might be worth a discussion on TWIP. It is about the possibility of bed bugs being a vector for T. cruzi. I would love to... Read More

Bacteria are as individual as people.

Bacteria are as individual as people, according to new research by Professor Peter Young and his team in the Department of Biology at the University of York. Bacteria are essential to health, agriculture and the environment, and new research tools are starting to shed more light on them.

The ... Read More

9 Amazing and Gross Things Scientists Discovered About Microbes This Year

We can’t see them, but they are all around us. On us. In us. Our personal microbes—not to mention those in the environment around us—have us outnumbered by orders of magnitude, but scientists are only beginning to understand how they influence our health and other aspects of our lives. It’s an i... Read More

Four Ways Spacefaring Microbes Could Muck Up The Solar System

When scientists launch a spacecraft into space, they're also launching thousands of bacteria along with it.

This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of Popular Science.

To prepare the Curiosity rover for its trip to Mars, NASA scrubbed it with alcohol and baked it at... Read More

An unexpected benefit of inactivated poliovirus vaccine

The polio eradication and endgame strategic plan announced by the World Health Organization in 2014 includes at least one dose of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV). Since 1988, when WHO announced the polio eradication plan, it had relied exclusively on the use of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV)... Read More

Tiny vibrations could reveal extraterrestrial life

Motion is a trait of all life, but detecting the tiny movements of microorganisms requires incredible sensitivity. Now, Swiss scientists say they have developed an extremely sensitive yet simple motion detector that can be built using existing technology.

If a bacterium is alive, it will inev... Read More
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