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Pathogen grows on cold smoked salmon by using alternative metabolic pathways

Washington, DC - August 4, 2015 - The pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes grows on refrigerated smoked salmon by way of different metabolic pathways from those it uses when growing on laboratory media. The research could lead to reduced incidences of food-borne illness and death, said principal inv... Read More

TWiP 84: Bigfoot

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel consider the delivery of anti-trypanosome nanobodies to the tsetse fly via a bacterial symbiont, and present a new case study.

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TWiP 90: A carbuncle is a large furuncle

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss identification of an erythrocyte protein essential for invasion of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.

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Public health surveillance system may underestimate cases of acute hepatitis C infection

A new study suggests that massive underreporting may occur within the system set up by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to estimate the incidence of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In a paper receiving advance online publication in Annals of Internal Medicine, a... Read More

TWiM #105: Real bugs with legs

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

Chickenpox continues to decline in US thanks to vaccination

Since the chickenpox vaccine became available in the U.S. in 1995, there has been a large reduction in chickenpox cases. Hospitalizations and outpatient visits for chickenpox have continued their decline after a second dose of the vaccine was recommended to improve protection against the disease... Read More

BacterioFiles 225 - Implanting Internal Invader Immunity

This episode: Don't have immunity? Create your own! Scientists engineer cells to destroy their HIV infections using the bacterial immune system!

(14.5 MB, 15.8 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 201 - Plastic-Producing Prokaryote Process

This episode: Bacteria from wastewater treatment sludge can produce lots of biodegradable plastic!

(7.1 MB, 7.75 minutes)

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Jour... Read More

Antibacterial soap no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial contamination

Scientists in Korea have discovered that using antibacterial soap when hand-washing is no more effective than using plain soap, according to a paper published today in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Read More

TWiM 107 Letters

Jim writes:

Hi Vince,
For your interest in listening to physics, there is a podcast called The Titanium Physicists Podcast. They use a conversational format similar to what you use. They have a panel of experts and a guest who is not a physicist but who is accom... Read More

Brain infection study reveals how disease spreads from gut

Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. Read More

Can You Protect Your Tummy From Traveler's Diarrhea?

It goes by many names: Delhi belly. Montezuma's revenge. The Aztec two-step. But doctors use one not-so-glamorous term: traveler's diarrhea. Read More

Learning Metagenomic Analysis at EDAMAME2015

I spent a week and a half learning metagenomic analysis in Michigan from some awfully smart and pleasant people. Learn more at the link! Read More

Traitors in our midst: Bacteria use toxins to turn our own bodies against us

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Researchers who have revealed a highly efficient way that bacteria use toxins to interrupt the immune response say that until now, the trickery of these toxins has been underappreciated in science. Read More

Researchers identify cause of heart damage in sepsis patients

Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH) have discovered a common cause of heart damage in patients with sepsis.

Sepsis is the most common cause of death in hospitalised critically ill people and affects up to 18 million people world-wide ann... Read More

TWiM 108 Letters

Nervous in San Diego writes:

Dear Professors of TWiM,
I was recently introduced to TWiM by a neighbor. For the last few weeks I have been listening to the backlog of TWiM podcasts, mainly while walking our dog. Regrettably, our dog is a lousy conversationalist. L... Read More

TWiP 95: Arsenic and Leishmania

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve the case about the 33 year old Chinese male with watery diarrhea, and discuss whether arsenic in drinking water might lead to treatment failures for Leishmania infections.

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TWiP 92 letters


David writes:

Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,

I am one of the co-authors (from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) of the PloS Pathogens paper you highlighted on the malaria parasite as part of TWiP 91 on June 20th. Thank... Read More

Better Chocolate with Microbes

For decades, researchers have worked to improve cacao fermentation by controlling the microbes involved. Now, to their surprise, a team of Belgian researchers has discovered that the same species of yeast used in production of beer, bread, and wine works particularly well in chocolate fermentati... Read More

A preliminary report on the contact-independent antagonism of Pseudogymnoascus destructans by Rhodococcus rhodochrous strain DAP96253

This article provides the preliminary results of a possible treatment/ Biological control agent for White Nose Syndrome (WNS) cause by Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It is estimated that over 5.5 of North American bats have died due to this deadly disease. Recently this method of treatment descri... Read More
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