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TWiV 88 Letters

Sharon writes:


Hello fellow virus lovers,


I first want to comment about Vincent's pick of the week a few weeks back, the book "Polio" by David Oshinsky. I am currently studying poliovirus in Julie Pfeiffer's lab (as you revealed many moons ago with a previous ... Read More

TWiV 88: A bug fix, an AIDS treatment, and an undead retrovirus

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On episode #88 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Marc discuss using a virus for beetle control, RNA based gene therapy for AIDS, and reconstitution of a endogenous human retro... Read More

NASA's Des Marais Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

Cave exploring has its rewards. It led David Des Marais, a Chemistry major in college at the time, to pursue a career as a research scientist in astrobiology and space science
at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Des Marais explains that his interest in exploring caves in so... Read More

Free tests available during National HIV Testing Day

Health groups across the country are preparing for National HIV Testing Day this Sunday.

More than one million Americans are living with HIV, but one in five people don't even know they have it. That's why health officials say it's so important to get checked, and urge everyone to take an HIV... Read More

Bird flu: In the plumage the secret of virus spread success

International team of Italy-US scientists reports discovery of a new mechanism of avian influenza virus circulation and transmission in nature

A team of scientists, led by Mauro Delogu, virologist from the Veterinary Faculty of the Bologna University and researchers from the Istituto Superior... Read More

Soil-Borne Pathogens Drive Tree Diversity in Forests, Study Shows

What determines plant diversity in a forest? It's a question even Charles Darwin wanted to unravel. But most research into forest diversity demonstrates only patterns of species survival and abundance rather than the reason for them -- until now.

A team of researchers led by biologists at the... Read More

Companies Peddling Microbial Cures to Oil Spill Come Calling on Gulf Coast

Superbugs won't save the Gulf Coast. But that won't stop companies from selling them. As crude washes into marshes and beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, several small businesses have been barnstorming to sell local and state officials on what seems like a dream scenario. Douse the oil with our ... Read More

The Human Genome at 10: What It Did—and Didn’t—Deliver

Happy Birthday, human genome. On June 26, 2000 a group of scientists at the White House announced that they had a working draft of our genetic blueprints. They hadn’t sequenced all our genes; the Human Genome Project and its private-sector competitor Celera Genomics still had some gaps to fill i... Read More

Microbiota of the nose and throat: phylum-level similarities, species-level differences

There’s more than one way to skin a cat. The latest paper from mBio reveals that although the bacterial phyla in the nose and throat are somewhat consistent from person to person, the individual species vary a great deal, indicating there is more than one ideal community for these niches, and mo... Read More

The Hand Microbiome: Your Real DNA Fingerprint

In the past 100 years we’ve learned that each one of us has unique fingerprints, and unique DNA sequences. Now through the Human Microbiome Project, we’re learning that every one of us has a unique and identifiable bacterial community not only inside of us, but also growing on our skin as well.... Read More

'Hidden' tuberculosis raises drug-resistance fears

Huge and hidden levels of tuberculosis discovered in a South African province devastated by HIV are increasing concerns about the prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Africa.

As reported in PLoS Medicine1, when researchers examined newly deceased patients at Edendale hospital in the ... Read More

Chronic fatigue syndrome: suspicion is back on virus

A leading scientist at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports the theory that a retrovirus causes chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and says that government researchers have independently confirmed the association.

The link between xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XM... Read More

Small Amount of Common Preservative Increases Toxins from Harmful Bacteria in Food

n response to consumer demand for more natural food, the food industry has reduced the amount of preservatives in food over recent years. A common preservative is acetic acid, which is used to stop bacterial growth in dressings, sauces, cheese and pickles.


However, new research shows that a... Read More

C-section may affect type of bacteria baby has

Microbes are with us all our lives, from before the cradle to the grave. And while some are capable of killing us, most of the microbes we carry around — inside and on our skin — are part of a microbial bouquet that makes each of us who we are.

Researchers have been studying the trillions of ... Read More

What's in your shopping bag? Bacteria. (But, hey, it's natural!)

Way to go, all you planet-saving shoppers who've made the switch to reusable bags! But consider: "Reusable" doesn't mean "self-cleaning."

Researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University queried shoppers headed into grocery stores in California and Arizona, asking them if t... Read More

Manipulating Microbes in the Gut May Remedy Disease and Enhance Health

We are what we eat, but who are "we"? New, high-powered genomic analytical techniques have established that as many as 1,000 different single-celled species coexist in relative harmony in every healthy human gut.

"For each human cell in your body there are 10 microbial cells, most of them liv... Read More

Small Amount of Common Preservative Increases Toxins from Harmful Bacteria in Food, Study Finds

In response to consumer demand for more natural food, the food industry has reduced the amount of preservatives in food over recent years. A common preservative is acetic acid, which is used to stop bacterial growth in dressings, sauces, cheese and pickles.

However, new research shows that a ... Read More

Moldy Homes a Serious Risk for Severe Asthma Attacks in Some

Exposure to high levels of fungus may increase the risk of severe asthma attacks among people with certain chitinase gene variants, according to a study from Harvard Medical School, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

"We found that the interaction between ... Read More

Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California

Widespread vaccination has gone a long way toward curbing whooping cough, a highly contagious infection that can be especially dangerous for babies too young to be immunized.

Already this year, though, whooping cough has claimed the lives of five infants, all of them less than 3 months old. I... Read More

DIYBio meet-up - Folk Microbiology

It was a night of culture - yoghurt cultures. Vaughn Tan shared his passion for yoghurt with about two dozen captivated future yoghurt makers. He spoke about the biochemistry and microbial ecology of the process - ways to optimize the proteins in the milk, effects of inoculation temperatures, th... Read More

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