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Using Microbes to Generate Electricity

Dr. Lenny Tender, research chemist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has co-invented a microbial fuel cell that persistently generates electrical power in marine environments.The fuel cell draws electricity from the sea floor, creating an interface between the sediment on the bottom of a m... Read More

TWiV 271: To bee, or not to bee, that is the infection



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 135 - Prodigious Pandora Particles Perceived

This episode: New giant virus discovered, with a genome larger than that of some eukaryotes!




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Crowd-funding: Help Support Research into Using Bacteria to Clean Up the Environment

This research team is using directed evolution to develop strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa that can chelate and remove heavy metal contaminants from the environment. They're trying to raise money directly from the public to support their research. If you want to participate in this project, at ... Read More

TWiP 56 letters

Suzanne writes:


Your discussion about technology and fixing things here before we go out into space made me wonder if space exploration might turn out to be like investigative science. In the process of exploring space we might run across the means of fixing our probl... Read More

Some Uses of Bacteria

Bacteria are very in these days—in probiotic drinks, in news articles, and in scientific research about the connections between healthy microbes and healthy bodies. A growing chorus of post-pasteurian voices are advocating for a new relationship with microbes, one where bacteria are respected an... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 157 - Azotobacter Assists Algae

This episode: Nitrogen-fixing bacteria could provide nitrogen to algae in biotech processes!


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Oral Bacteria Found in Alzheimer’s Tissue

A particular type of oral bacteria has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study conducted by an international team of researchers.

They believe that the bacterium found in the brain can trigger immune system responses and pathological changes, which could lead to diseases ... Read More

This Bacteria Can Make People See

Serratia marcescens is a bacteria that has earned a bad reputation for infecting people in hospitals. It may deserve an even worse reputation. It might have made people believe, for hundreds of years, that the blood of Christ was miraculously appearing in communion wafers.

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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 129 - Lentivirus Limits Leukodystrophy

This episode: Virus acts as vector to cure deadly genetic disorder!




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TWiV 240: Virology in Vermont



Host: Vincent Racaniello


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How MALDI-ToF is Changing Clinical Microbiology - ICAAC 2013

Lasers are the new DNA. It is called matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization–time of flight (MALDI-TOF) and it uses mass spectrometry to quickly test for hundreds of different pathogens in a small sample using a single automated device. MALDI-TOF is increasingly being used in clinical micr... Read More

TWiV 264: We should do an all email show some day



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove Read More

TWiV 249: An inordinate fondness for viruses



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier,  Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 138 - Slime Sustains Sidekick Pseudomonas

This episode: Slime mold cells carry bacteria with them, some for food and some for chemical warfare!




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TWiP 53 Letters

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Dear Vincent and Dickson,


I just heard your most recent TWIP. Please keep these podcasts going! I love listening to your podcasts and hearing your enthusiasm for my favorite biological topic, parasites. Remember that for every fan... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 137 - Germ's Jammer Jumpstarts Genes

This episode: Pathogen's CRISPR-Cas system (for defense against viruses) can be modified to change gene expression in mammals!




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TWiV 239: Filterable camels



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TWiP 69: Malaria rising



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TWiV 278: Flushing HIV down the zinc



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

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