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TWiV 432: Conjunction junction, what's your function?

The TWiVites discuss Zika virus seroprevalence in wild monkeys, Zika virus mRNA vaccines, and a gamete fusion protein inherited from viruses.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

TWiM #147: The Public Goods Dilemma

The TWiM hosts reveal why phosphorus is essential for fungal brain disease, and how bacteria kill local competitors to favor the evolution of public goods cooperation.


Hosts Vincent Racaniello Read More

TWiM 147 Letters

Kala writes:


Dear Micro Crew,


Hello from frozen Ireland, it's 5 degrees Celsius but feels like -2, cloudy and generally miserable haha


I was wondering if you could give me some advice as I am stuck between a micr... Read More

Student-Made #SciArt In My Microbiology Lab

In this blogpost, take a tour of some of the artwork that students in my classes have made. I believe that creative approaches can complement learning! Read More

BacterioFiles 289 - Prehistoric Paired Prokaryote Partners

This episode: Great apes' specific gut microbe communities have been with us for millions of years!


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TWiV 431: Niemann-Pick of the weak

The TWiVirions reveal bacteriophage genes that control eukaryotic reproduction, and the biochemical basis for increased Ebolavirus glycoprotein activity during the recent outbreak.


Hosts:  Read More

Connecting the Food Supply and Urinary Tract Infections

An Applied and Environmental Microbiology study found ubiquitous contamination of chicken products in the United States with clinically relevant E. coli strains, which has implications for urinary tract infection transmission. A new book from ASM Press describes UTIs in detail, from virulence me... Read More

New tool for combating mosquito-borne disease: insect parasite genes

Wolbachia is the most successful parasite the world has ever known. You’ve never heard of it because it only infects bugs: millions upon millions of species of insects, spiders, centipedes and other arthropods all around the globe.

The secret to the over-achieving bacterium’s success is its a... Read More

Drug lead identified in fight against TB

An international collaboration led by University Professors Richard Payne, from the School of Chemistry, and Warwick Britton, from the Sydney Medical School and the Centenary Institute, has discovered a new compound which could translate into a new drug lead for TB.

The group was drawn to soi... Read More

Cleveland takes new steps to tackle 'superbugs'

A new entity, Case VA CARES, will combine firepower from both organizations in the battle against antibiotic resistance. Staff will carry out new research, work to modify existing antibiotics, try and discover new ones, and use decoys to trick uncooperative bacteria.

More and more, bacteria a... Read More

New insights on how pathogens escape the immune system

The bacterium Salmonella enterica causes gastroenteritis in humans and is one of the leading causes of food-borne infectious diseases. During the infection, the germ is able to trick the immune system. Researchers led by Nirmal Robinson from the Cluster of Excellence for Aging Research CECAD fou... Read More

Track Your Science at Microbe 2017

How can you pinpoint the related presentations and poster sessions among the amazing basic, applied, and clinical microbial science research represented at the conference? The Scientific Tracks at Microbe are designed to help organize the amazing science presented at the meeting. We spoke with t... Read More

From Polenta to Peptone - The Evolution of Bacterial Growth Media

In the fall of 1918, the Italian chemist and pharmacist Bar­to­lo­meo Bizio studied the common occurrence of po­len­ta (corn meal mush) sometimes taking on a "brilliant red color." The red color was believed by the populace to be blood, and thus a miraculous portent. For many decades, farmers ha... Read More

BacterioFiles 288 - Caulobacter's Copper Coping Capabilities

This episode: Some bacterial species use multiple strategies within a single population to deal with environmental challenges!


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Lawarée E, Gillet S, Louis G, Tilqui... Read More

TWiV 430: The persistence of herpesvirus

The TWiX cabal discuss sexual transmission of Zika virus in mice, and how immune escape enables herpes simplex virus escape from latency.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

TWiM #146: Viral arbitrium

Vincent, Elio and Michael discuss the finding of a prion in bacteria, and how communication between bacteria guides the decision between lysis and lysogeny.


Hosts Vincent Racaniello Read More

TWiM 146 Letters

Jonathan writes:


Hello TWiM Team,


I'm sure it's a long shot but here's hoping for #12!


I was catching up on a SciFri podcast recently and came across this story and just had to share it with you all. (Dr. Racaniello, I think Dixon would also appreciate this but I'll le... Read More

Register for NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life To New Functions Workshop

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

Association of maternal HSV-2 antibodies and autism spectrum disorder risk

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has no known single cause, and its growing incidence has led many researchers to study its influencing factors. While claims of vaccine relatedness are outright false, there are other variables that may contribute to a propensity toward ASD development, including e... Read More

Experimental malaria vaccine offers durable protection against many strains in NIH trial

An investigational malaria vaccine has protected a small number of healthy U.S. adults from infection with a malaria strain different from that contained in the vaccine, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The National Institute of ... Read More
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