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NIH scientists draw evidence-based blueprint for HIV treatment and prevention

For many years, clinicians debated the best time to start antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection, with some worrying that the risks of treatment in terms of drug toxicities could outweigh the benefits of controlling the virus. In a new commentary, scientists from the National Institute o... Read More


New research with a hydrogel and an antioxidant aims to make condoms both better and something people will actually want to use. Read More

Closing the loop on an HIV escape mechanism

For the past three and a half years, a team of researchers from six universities, led by the University of Delaware and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, has been working to uncover new information about a protein that regulates HIV's capability to ... Read More

New and presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in an Austrian fox

Adnan Hodzi from the Institute of Parasitology at the Vetmeduni Vienna is searching for pathogens transmitted by ticks. He is especially interested in wild carnivores (foxes and wolves) which could be a possible reservoir and source of infection for humans and other animals. Read More

BacterioFiles 240 - Water Worms Make (carbon) Monoxide Meals

This episode: Marine worms and their microbial symbionts can live on the toxic gas carbon monoxide!

Reminder: this is the last episode for at least a few weeks while I am wrapping up my PhD. See you again when I'm done!

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TWiV 365: Blood, feuds, and a foodborne disease

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

&nb... Read More

Fungus causes emerging snake disease found in Eastern US

Washington, D.C.--November 17, 2015--Researchers working for the U.S. Geological Survey have identified the fungal culprit behind an often deadly skin infection in snakes in the eastern U.S. Published this week in mBio, an online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, the ... Read More

Hepatitis C screening of prison inmates would benefit wider community, be cost-effective

The benefits of screening prison inmates for infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and treating those who test positive for the infection would extend far beyond the prison population, according to projections made by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Universit... Read More

Your Gut Bacteria May Be Controlling Your Appetite

Hear that little voice in your head telling you to skip a second slice of pumpkin pie? It might be coming not from your conscience, but from the masses of bacteria in your stomach.

Experiments in mice and rats suggest that certain microbes living in your body as part of the gut microbiome hav... Read More

NIH-sponsored clinical trial of chikungunya vaccine opens

An experimental vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya is being tested in a Phase 2 trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Results from an initial trial of the vaccine, which was developed by scientists at the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infect... Read More


A gene that lets bacteria resist polymyxins—the last line of antibiotic defense we have left—has shown up in widespread bacteria samples from pigs and patients in south China, including strains with epidemic potential. Read More

Tardigrade genome sequencing reveals unprecedented horizontal gene transfer

Tardigrades are small animals (~1.5 mm in length) renowned for their ability to survive in many extreme environments. From wikipedia "...they can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water (100 °C), pressures about six times greater than those ... Read More

MWV 101 - Profiling the Poglianos (TWiM 115)

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Special guests: Kit Pogliano and Joe Pogliano

Vincent take This Week in Microbiology to th... Read More

Vitamin D deficiency may limit immune recovery in HIV-positive adults

Athens, Ga. - A University of Georgia researcher has found that low levels of vitamin D may limit the effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults. Read More

U of T research sheds new light on mysterious fungus that has major health consequences

Researchers at the University of Toronto examined fungi in the mucus of patients with cystic fibrosis and discovered how one particularly cunning fungal species has evolved to defend itself against neighbouring bacteria. Read More

BacterioFiles 239 - Familial Pheromones Fight faecalis

This episode: Gut bacteria kill their drug-resistant pathogenic cousins of the same species via pheromone signaling!

Just to let you know, I'm trying to finish up my dissertation and graduate in the next few months, so after episode 240, I will be putting the show on hold, at least for... Read More

TWiV 364: It's not SARS 2.0

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Research Ushers in New Era of Boutique Chocolate

Washington, DC – November 20, 2015 - A team of Belgian researchers has shown that the yeasts used to ferment cocoa during chocolate production can modify the aroma of the resulting chocolate. “This makes it possible to create a whole range of boutique chocolates to match everyone’s favorite flav... Read More

Coconut Oil Shows Promise in the Prevention of Deadly Bloodstream Infection

Washington, DC – November 18, 2015 – Coconut oil may be effective at combating infection with Candida albicans, according to a study published November 18th in the American Society for Microbiology’s new open access journal mSphere. The study found that coconut oil consumption reduced gastrointe... Read More

Hospitals overlook every other person with HIV

A new study reveals that many European hospitals fail to routinely test people who may be at risk of an HIV-infection. If tests were more widely offered in the healthcare system, fewer HIV-patients would go unnoticed, especially in Northern Europe. Read More
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