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This Week in Microbiology

vincentThis Week in Microbiology (TWiM) is a podcast about unseen life on Earth hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.

As a science Professor at Columbia University, Racaniello has spent his academic career directing a research laboratory focused on viruses. His enthusiasm for teaching inspired him to reach beyond the classroom using new media. TWiM is for everyone who wants to learn about the science of microbiology in a casual way.

While there are no exams or pop quizzes, TWiM does encourage interaction with the audience via comments on specific episodes (below), vial email and voicemail at 908-312-0760. Listeners can also use MicrobeWorld to suggest topics for the show by submitting articles or papers to the site and tagging them with "TWiM". Each week Racaniello will view the tagged content and select items for discussion.

TWiM co-hosts include Elio SchaechterMichael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson.

Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.

TWiM #13: Probiotics and inflammasomes: Telling good bacteria from the bad

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Hosts: Stanley Maloy, Jo Handelsman, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter.

On episode #13 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Stanley, Jo, Michael and Elio discuss how colonic microbial ecology and risk for colitis are regulated by an inflammasome, and amelioration of intestinal inflammation in mice by delivery of a probiotic-derived soluble protein to the colon.colonic epithelium

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TWiM #12: Photothermal nanoblades and genome engineering

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Margaret McFall-Ngai, and Elio Schaechter.

chicken_farm1On episode #12 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Margaret, Michael and Elio review the use of photothermal nanoblades to dissect the Burkholderia intracellular life cycle, and manipulation of chromosomes in vivo for genome-wide codon replacement in E. coli.

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TWiM #11: Chickens, antibiotics, and asthma

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Margaret McFall-Ngai, and Elio Schaechter.

chicken_farm1On episode #11 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Margaret, Michael and Elio review the presence of extended spectrum beta-lactamase genes in chicken meat and in humans, and a beneficial effect of Helicobacter pylori colonization on the development of allergen-induced asthma.

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TWiM #10: A symbiotic cloaking device

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Dickson Despommier, Margaret McFall-Ngai, and Elio Schaechter.

euprymna scolopesOn episode #10 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Margaret, Elio, Michael and Dickson discuss the symbiosis between the Hawaiian bobtail squid and the luminous, gram-negative bacterium Vibrio fischeri.

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TWiM #9: Bean sprouts and E. coli O104:H4

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Cliff Mintz, and Michael Schmidt.

On episode #9 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Cliff, Elio, and Michael review the outbreak of bloody diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome in Germany caused by Shiga toxin-producing beansproutsEscherichia coli O104:H4.

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TWiM #8: Live in NOLA

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Stan Maloy, Andreas Baümler, Nicole Dubilier, and Paul Rainey.

Vincent, Michael, and Stanley recorded episode #8 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology live at the 2011 ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, with guests Andreas Baümler, Nicole Dubilier, and Paul Rainey. They spoke about how pathogens benefit from disease, symbioses between chemosynthetic bacteria and marine invertebrates, and repetitive sequences in bacteria.

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TWiM #7: Cycles of life and death, light and dark

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Margaret McFall-Ngai, Cliff Mintz, Elio Schaechter, and Michael Schmidt.

On episode #7 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Cliff, Elio, Margaret, and Michael discuss programmed cell death in E. coli, and the daily synthesis and degradation of enzymes needed for photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation by cyanobacteria.cyanobacteriainlakelittoistenjrvi

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Image of Cyanobacteria in Lake Littoistenjärvi by Stefe via flickr

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TWiM #6: Antibacterial therapy with bacteriophage: Reality or fiction?

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Cliff Mintz, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter.

On episode #6 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Cliff, Michael and Elio review the use of bacteriophages to manage infections, and the presence of antibiotic resistance genes in bacteriophages from urban sewage and river water.

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The model of bacteriophage T4 shown in the photo is described here.

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TWiM #5: Mercury-methylating Desulfovibrio and antimicrobial nanoparticles

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Cliff Mintz, Michael Schmidt, and Ronald Atlas.

On episode #5 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Cliff, Michael and Ron discuss the genome sequence of a mercury-methylating bacterium and the antimicrobial effects of nanoparticles. thumb_biofilm_of_desulfovibrio_desulfuricans

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Image of Biofilm of Desulfovibrio desulfuricans by PNNL - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory via flickr

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TWiM #4: Cantaloupes and Salmonella gastroenteritis

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Margaret McFall-Ngai, Cliff Mintz, and Michael Schmidt.

On episode #4 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Cliff, Margaret, and Michael review foodborne bacterial illness in the context of outbreaks associated with cantaloupes and Lebanon bologna.

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