Mentoring scientific teams in a project-oriented competition, like engineers can do through the ASCE Concrete Canoe National Competition or the SAE Supermileage Competition, is rare in the microbial sciences. Mentoring a team through this experience allows scientists impart different skills than... Read More
This episode: Modifying mice's microbial communities increased mouse survival before a transplantation was rejected by their immune system!
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The last time you had a stomach bug, you probably didn’t feel much like eating. This loss of appetite is part of your body’s normal response to an illness but is not well understood. Sometimes eating less during illness promotes a faster recovery, but other times—such as when cancer patients exp... Read More
The sages of TWiV explain how chronic wasting disease of cervids could be caused by spontaneous misfolding of prion protein, and the role of the membrane protein Axl in Zika virus entry into cells.
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Vincent meets with members of team ZEST at the University of Wisconsin Madison to discuss their macaque model for Zika virus pathogenesis.
This episode: Algae growing in Arctic snow make red pigments that heat up their surroundings!
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Restricting the use of a common antibiotic was more important than a high profile 'deep clean' of hospitals in massively reducing UK antibiotic resistant Clostridium difficile (C. diff) cases, a major new study has found.
The study concluded that overuse of antibiotics like ciprofloxacin led... Read More
This episode: Bacteria in mosquito cells can block transmission of Zika virus!
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Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to see dramatic shifts in the make-up of the community of microbes in their gut than healthy people, according to the results of a study published online Feb. 13 in Nature Microbiology.
While scientists have known that there are differe... Read More
The TWiVoids discuss the March for Science, the GOF moratorium, and a classic virology paper on mapping the gene order for vesicular stomatitis virus.
Vincent meets up with Catharine Bosio, Michael Merchlinsky, and Shilpa Gadwal at the ASM Biothreats meeting to talk about careers for scientists outside of the ivory tower.
Host: Vincent Racaniello
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The ASM Biothreats conference covers preparation for, handling during, and analysis of infectious disease outbreaks, and includes session on research, response, and policies on biological threats and emerging infectious diseases. Most sessions cover broad topics such as emergency preparedness, v... Read More
At the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, Vincent speaks with Robert Heinzen about the work of his laboratory on Q fever and its causative microbe, Coxiella burneti.
The TWiVsters explain how superspreader bacteriophages release intact DNA from infected cells, and the role of astrocytes in protecting the cerebellum from virus infection.
This episode: Polymer-coated bacteria make really good vaccines!
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Good news for sustainable textiles of the future was announced in a recent Applied and Environmental Microbiology report that described the discovery of microbial polyesterase genes. The study described the discovery and characterization of new enzymes from microbial communities associated with ... Read More
In a joint study, published today (Friday 27 January) in the journal Nature Communications, scientists from the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología in Madrid and the University of Sussex / Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton report the discovery of a gene called NucS that dramatically re... Read More
The American Society for Microbiology recently initiated an author-directed route of publication for its journal mSphere, called mSphereDirect. This new publishing route allows authors to choose their reviewers ahead of submission, changing the dynamic between authors and their reviewers. Author... Read More
Organized by the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life To New Functions Workshop aims to foster discussions centered on how to capture, define, quantify, and functionally characterize microbial and viral diversity. Metagenomic and single-cell sequence data have provi... Read More
Scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have developed, for the first time, two new vaccines for canine influenza. This research is not only important for improving the health of our furry friends, but for keeping us safe, too. Dogs that have been infected with... Read More