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TWiM 105 Letters


David writes:


Greetings podcast team,


I'm a long-time listener to TWIM and TWIV and if I had a longer commute I would get TWIP in the mix too. Only so many hours in the week!


I am a research tech in Portland Oregon, where our dry mild winter has g... Read More

Your viral past

Did you ever wonder what different virus infections you have had in your lifetime? Now you can find out with just a drop of your blood and about $25.

Immune defense systems of many hosts produce antibodies in response to virus infections. These large proteins, which are generally virus specif... Read More

Researchers targeting host rather than flu virus have success with new treatment in mice

TORONTO, June 5, 2015--The flu kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year, yet there is essentially only one class of drugs to fight the ever-changing virus. Cases of flu resistant to this class of drugs have already been reported and researchers worry a completely new str... Read More

VirScan reveals viral history in a drop of blood

From a single drop of blood, researchers can now simultaneously test for more than 1,000 different strains of viruses that currently or have previously infected a person. Using a new method known as VirScan, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School tested fo... Read More

Do cheaters have an evolutionary advantage?

Anyone who has crawled along in the left lane while other drivers raced up the right lane, which was clearly marked “lane ends, merge left,” has experienced social cheating, a maddening and fascinating behavior common to many species.

Although it won’t help with road rage, scientists are begi... Read More

Researchers discover two new groups of viruses

Researchers at the University of Bonn and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) have discovered two new groups of viruses within the Bunyavirus family in the tropical forest of Ivory Coast. Previously only five groups responsible for serious illnesses in humans and animals were known. ... Read More

Why HIV's cloak has a long tail

Virologists at Emory University School of Medicine, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta have uncovered a critical detail explaining how HIV assembles its infectious yet stealthy clothing. Read More

TINY TROPICAL CREATURES SHOW UP IN GLACIER ICE

The remains of tiny creatures found deep inside a mountaintop glacier in Peru are clues to the local landscape more than a millennium ago, according to a new study. Read More

INVASIVE ALGAE ARE BOTH GOOD AND BAD FOR CORAL

An invasive species of single-cell algae has spread across the Caribbean Sea, report researchers.

These micro-algae, which live within the cells of coral animals, are improving the resilience of coral communities to heat stress caused by global warming, but also are diminishing the abilities ... Read More

Ancient algae found deep in tropical glacier

The remains of tiny creatures found deep inside a mountaintop glacier in Peru are clues to the local landscape more than a millennium ago, according to a new study by Rice University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Ohio State University. Read More

Scientists discover protein that plays key role in streptococcal infections

The effort to identify new ways of fighting infections has taken a step forward now that scientists have identified a key protein involved in the host's response to strep infections. This protein, called "NFAT," appears to play a key role in the body's inflammatory response to an infection, whic... Read More

Contact lens wearers note: Your eyes may get more infections because their microbiomes changed

Using high-precision genetic tests to differentiate the thousands of bacteria that make up the human microbiome, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center suggest that they have found a possible -- and potentially surprising -- root cause of the increased frequency of certain eye infections amon... Read More

HIV's sweet tooth is its downfall

CHICAGO --- HIV has a voracious sweet tooth, which turns out to be its Achilles' heel, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine and Vanderbilt University. Read More

TWiV 339: Herpes and the sashimi plot

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler Read More

ASM Live 2015 - The Live Internet Talk Show

Come join us and be a part of the audience at ASM Live, the live internet talk show of asm2015 targeted towards health reporters and science writers highlighting various sessions and presentations at the meeting. Microbiologi... Read More

TWiP 90: A carbuncle is a large furuncle

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss identification of an erythrocyte protein essential for invasion of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.


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TWiP 90 letters

 


Christine writes:


Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,


I think the latest case describes cutaneous furuncular myiasis.


The lesion on the young man's buttock is suggestive of a botfly infection with the larvae most likely of the species Derm... Read More

Controlling typhoid bacterium key to prevent gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan

Controlling bacterial infections responsible for typhoid fever could dramatically reduce the risk of gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan, according to a study published by Cell Press May 28th in Cell Host & Microbe. The findings establish for the first time the causal link between bacterial... Read More

New findings shed light on complexities of emerging zoonotic malaria

Zoonotic malaria has been shown to be caused by two genetically distinct Plasmodium knowlesi parasite subpopulations associated with different monkey host species in Malaysia, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens. The authors believe this could have important implications for ho... Read More

Viruses in the extreme

Many microbes live in extreme environments, encountering conditions that are very hot, very cold, highly acidic, or very salty. The viruses that infect such microbes must also be able to retain infectivity in extreme conditions. How do they do it?

Clues come from the observations that the gen... Read More
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