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TWiV 392: Zika virus!

Four virologists discuss our current understanding of Zika virus biology, pathogenesis, transmission, and prevention, in this special live episode recorded at the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, DC.


Host:  Read More

TWiV 383: A zillion Zika papers and a Brazilian


Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove and  Read More

New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treatment available

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. However, researchers point out that if the SARS-like virus did jump, it is still unclear whether it could spread from h... Read More

Insecticide-treated nets may still prevent malaria despite mosquito resistance

Insecticide-treated nets may still help prevent malaria despite mosquitoes developing resistance, according to a new study published in Parasites & Vectors. Read More

Asymptomatic people can transmit Dengue viruses to Mosquitos

75% of the ~390 million people infected with dengue viruses present with no symptoms (asymptomatic). It is generally assumed that these asymptomatic infections cannot be transmitted to mosquitos. Not only does this study show that people with asymptomatic infections transmitted the virus to mo... Read More

Yet another reason to avoid methamphetamine: negative effects of meth on wound healing

Dr. Luis Martinez was on a dream vacation with his three boys. Far from their native New York home, they were traveling along the California coast with the ultimate stop at Disneyland. Unfamiliar with the roads, Martinez took a wrong turn outside of Fresno and found himself in a less pleasant pa... Read More

Ebola medical team develops guidelines for treating infected children

When the Ebola virus outbreak erupted in West Africa in 2014, children infected with the virus -- particularly those under age 5 -- faced overwhelming challenges. Not only was there a high death rate among young children infected with the disease, they often were isolated from their families, le... Read More

Is brushing your teeth harming your gut microbiome?

In the 1960’s, the microbicide triclosan, was introduced in the United States, and soon after, human weight started to increase dramatically. For some time, researchers have wondered whether triclosan could have played a role in disrupting endocrine dysfunction and contributing to the obesity ep... 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

TWiM 128 Letters

John writes:


Dear TWIM Team,


First of all, thanks for the supremely informative and entertaining podcast. As a biologist who stumbled into my passion for microbiology almost by accident (as a student, I began my research as a herpetologist and was converted wh... 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

Agar Art 2016 Contest Submit by May 6

We hope you've started plating your dishes! Here are some of the 2016 entries thus far. Show us your creative streaking! For contest entry rules visit: www.microbeworl.org/art. Submissions close May 6, 2016 11:59 P.M.EST.Entries pictured from left to right: Symbol of ASM, A Once in a Lifetime Ki... Read More

MMP #12: Hydrogen from ground rocks can furnish microbial ecosystems with energy to drive growth.

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Jon Telling.


Jon Telling of Bristol University in Bristol, United Kingdom talks with Jeff Fox about his findings suggesting that the grinding of glaciers over rocks can liberate hydrogen, which, in turn, drives the growth of methanogens within microb... Read More

Breast cancer drug beats superbug

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have found that the breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood cells a boost, better enabling them to respond to, ensnare and kill bacteria in laboratory experiment... Read More

Microbiomes could hold keys to improving life as we know it

A consortium of 48 scientists from 50 institutions in the United States - including Pamela Silver, Ph.D., a Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University - are calling for a Unified Microbiome Initiative that would span national cross-insti... Read More

Vibrio cholerae population structure changes in a matter of weeks

Although the Gram-negative bacterium Vibrio cholerae (right) is normally associated with human pathogenic disease, most V. cholerae cells spend their lives in an aquatic environment, and only a few of the many serotypes are able to cause disease. When strains acquire the right genetic makeup – s... Read More

ROVING GENE LETS BACTERIA RESIST ‘LAST’ ANTIBIOTICS

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

TWiV 374: Discordance in B

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Microorganisms Spreading Holiday Cheer

This holiday season, as you open a bottle of your favorite wine to share with family and friends, consider making a toast to Saccharomyces cerevisiae (also known as “brewer’s yeast”) which is a species of yeast that is commonly used for making wine and beer. Yeast is absolutely essential to wine... Read More

Whole-genome sequencing can help ID foodborne outbreaks

As we’ve seen in numerous cases in 2015, food contamination is a real issue for a number of different food types. Vegetable, meat, packaged, fresh – even pet food – we’ve seen too many examples of how bacteria can outsmart our best food safety practices. The Canadian government estimates 1 of ev... Read More
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