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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 #59: Are viruses part of our immune system?

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Michael Schmidt.

Vincent and Michael discuss the finding that bacteriophage might be part of the mucosal antimicrobial defense system. Bacteriophage adhering to mucus

Right click to download TWiM #59 (61.5 MB .mp3, 84 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM #58: The brain microbiome?

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

Vincent, Elio and Michael review how underground mycelial networks carry signals that warn neighboring plants of aphid attack, and the presence of bacteria in the human brain. bacteria in brain

Right click to download TWiM #58 (59 MB .mp3, 81 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM #57: Updating the human gut microbiome to degrade seaweed

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

Starter Unagi Terrine by flickr user: ulterior epicure

Vincent, Elio and Michael discuss fungi that use pheromones to trap nematodes, and how genes obtained from marine bacteria help gut bacteria degrade algal carbohydrates. 

Right click to download TWiM #57 (42.5 MB .mp3, 59 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM #56: Live at ASM in Denver

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HostsVincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter.

Guests: Andrew Camilli, Ferric Fang, Suzanne Fleiszig, and Michele Swanson

Vincent, Elio and Michael recorded this episode before an audience at the 2013 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Denver, Colorado, where they spoke with Andrew, Ferric, Suzanne, and Michelle about their research on a phage system for evading innate immunity, retractions of research papers, bacterial infections of the eye, and cytoplasmic defenses against intracellular bacteria.

Right click to download TWiM #56 (73 MB .mp3, 102 minutes).

 

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM #55: In the copper room

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

Vincent, Elio and Michael discuss the finding that copper surfaces reduce microbial burden and hospital-acquired infections in the intensive care unit.copper hospital room

Right click to download TWiM #55 (58.5 MB .mp3, 85 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM #54: Dueling injectors and the microgenderome

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

Vincent, Elio, and Michael review how sex-dependent differences in the mouse microbiome regulate type I diabetes, and t6ss duelingcounterattack among bacteria.

Right click to download TWiM #54 (53 MB .mp3, 72 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM #53: Live in Manchester (with video!)

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Laura Piddock, David Harper, Kalin Vetsigian, and Paul Williams.

Vincent, Laura, David, Kalin and Paul get together at the Society for General Microbiology meeting in Manchester, England to talk about next-generation approaches to antimicrobial therapy.TWiMinManchester

Right click to download TWiM #53 (44 MB .mp3, 61 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM #52: Clinical microbiology with Ellen Jo Baron

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Ellen Jo Baron.

Vincent and Michael meet up with Ellen Jo Baron to talk about working in a clinical microbiology laboratory.baron

Right click to download TWiM #52 (44 MB .mp3, 60 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM #51: Cave science with Hazel Barton

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter, and Hazel Barton.

Vincent, Michael, and Elio meet up with Hazel Barton to talk about cave microbiology.Hazel Barton

Right click to download TWiM #51 (38 MB .mp3, 79 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM #50: These things aren’t even bacteria!

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Stanley Maloy.

Vincent, Michael, and Stanley review the scientific career of Carl Woese. Carl Woese

Right click to download TWiM #50 (47 MB .mp3, 64 minutes).

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