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TWiP 83: Hidden costs of infection

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel present a new case study, and discuss the effect of chronic malaria infection on wild warbler life span and telomere degradation.

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TWiP 93: A fishy tale unfolds

 Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve their fishy tale, and present a new case study for your consumption.

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TWiP 94: Loa hanging fruit

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve the case about the man from El Salvador, and discuss the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors to treat onchocerciasis and filariasis.

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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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TWiM #94: Nitrochondria

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM #100: Omnis cellula e cellula

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BacterioFiles 187 - Bacteria Bolster Bedbug Biotin

This episode: Some Wolbachia bacteria produce vitamin B7 for their insect hosts!

(7.1 MB, 7.75 minutes)

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TWiV 315: Must be something in the water

Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss the association of a virus with sea star melting disease, and the finding of a phycodnavirus in the oropharynx of humans with altered cognitive functions.

Hosts: Vincen... Read More

The unexpectedly weird and beautiful world of lichens

A fun little read about lichens and their impressive attributes, accompanied by some beautiful photographs. (If the use of the term "kingdom Monera" gives you cause to smirk, just ignore it and keep reading.) Read More

Vitamin A supplementation may cause the immune system to 'forget' past infections

Although vitamin A supplementation can have profound health benefits when someone is deficient, new evidence is emerging to show that vitamin A supplementation above and beyond normal levels may have negative health consequences. A new research report published in the July 2015 issue of the Jour... Read More

A 28-days course for full-time and complete treatment of HIV

In this conversation, not only we shall make a brief discussion about the real origin of HIV, but also we discuss about several drugs, which are already available in markets, and can completely 'heal' people from HIV after 28 days of consumption. The cooperator with the Central Intelligence Agen... Read More

Too exhausted to fight -- and to do harm

An 'exhausted' army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers fight too hard they risk damaging the very body they are meant to be protecting, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. Read More

BacterioFiles 230 - Plant Prokaryotes Promote Protein Production

This episode: Bacteria in and around plants can help fertilizer them, even in non-legume plants!

(11.1 MB, 12.15 minutes)

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TWiP 93 letters

Sandra writes:

Daniel: I was fascinated by your answer to the case from TWIP 91 - the life cycle of the southeast Asian worm (I won't even try to spell it.) Re early symptom coughing & wheezing: if the ED did a chest X-ray out of concern about the lungs, would the... Read More

Bacterial enzyme may help people quit smoking

Current smoking cessation aids fail in 80 to 90 percent of smokers. The idea behind this therapy would be to destroy nicotine before it reaches the brain—depriving a person of the “reward” of nicotine that can trigger relapse into smoking. Pseudomonas putida, a bacterium typically found in tobac... 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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BacterioFiles 223 - Fecal Fusions Forecast Fatness

This episode: Sampling microbial populations in sewage from cities could reveal differences in the human populations, such as prevalence of obesity!

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TWiV 346: A double helical career

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Scientists unravel elusive structure of HIV protein

COLUMBIA, Mo. - HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the retrovirus that leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. Globally, about 35 million people are living with HIV, which constantly adapts and mutates creating challenges for researchers. Now, scientists at the University of M... Read More
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