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TWiV 115 Letters

Vinayaka writes:


Some additional info that I gathered on viruses on the verge of elimination (may or may not be new to you):


It appears that the next virus on the list of FAO to eradicate is PPR virus ( Read More

Derek Smith on antigenic cartography

Derek Smith, Professor of Infectious Disease Informatics, University of Cambridge, U.K., has developed a method for visualizing antigenic evolution by creating two-dimensional maps in a process called antigenic cartography. These maps are made with data that provide information on the antigen... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 25 - Bdefining Bdellovibrio Bdivision

This episode: A study of the bacteria-hunting Bdellovibrio life cycle!


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Exhausted by Illness, and Doubts

New York Times article by David Tuller, a journalism professor at Berkeley, on chronic fatigue syndrome and the retrovirus XMRV. The main focus of the article are four papers published in the journal Retrovirology at the end of 2010 which pointed to contamination as a potential issue for those a... Read More

Retroviral integration and the XMRV provirus

A strong argument that the novel human retrovirus XMRV is not a laboratory contaminant is the the finding that viral DNA is integrated in chromosomal DNA of prostate tumors. Why does this result constitute such strong proof of viral infection?

Establishment of an integrated copy of the viral ... Read More

Precious Metals

Moselio Schaechter of the Small Things Considered blog reviews the results of a recent paper "Microbial metalloproteomes are largely uncharacterized" from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia, Athens, and ponders its implications.

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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 24 - Ant-Associated Actinomycetes

This episode: Bacteria help ants keep parasites out of their fungal gardens!


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TWiV 114: Ten out of '10

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Vincent, Alan, and Rich revisit ten compelling virology stories of 2010.


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TWiV 114 Letters

Jean writes:

I am at present suffering from [what] I have been told will be a virus.


Symptoms:- a dry continuous hacking cough. Unable to get much sleep. No cough medicine seems to soothe it. An uncontrolled loss of urine when coughing. Otherwise no flu symptoms.

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Alzheimer''s disease plaques and tangles: Repositories of a herpes simplex/immune system battle leading to neuronal destruction

The protein components of the plaques and tangles seen in the Alzheimer's disease brain offer a clue to the origins of the disease: It turns out that they are heavily enriched in human proteins used by herpes simplex during its life cycle: Many immune system related proteins are also found in th... Read More

Rich Condit reminisces

On my recent trip to record TWiV #111 at Florida Gulf Coast University, I visited Rich Condit in Gainesville. There he told me a story about how the bacteriophage T7 polymerase/promoter system was developed. It’s an interesting tale that demonstrates how important scientific advances often have ... Read More

TWiV 113 Letters

Trevor writes:

Hi Vince, Dick, Alan and Rich,


My name is Trevor Stewart, a PhD student at the University of Toronto (in my final year!!) in Physics. I've been listening to TWIV (and TWIP) since last Xmas when my twin brother (who is a graduate student studying mass-s... Read More

TWiV 113: Alan Rein on XMRV


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Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss the retrovirus XMRV with ret... Read More

XMRV and CFS – It’s not the end

Yesterday the Chicago Tribune published my reaction to the four papers on the retrovirus XMRV published this week in the journal Retrovirology. I was quoted as saying ”These four papers are probably the beginning of the end of XMRV and CFS”. I wish to retract this statement and explain my reason... Read More

Is XMRV a laboratory contaminant?

Since the first observations that the human retrovirus XMRV is associated with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), new studies have been carried out to determine the role of the virus in these diseases. The results have been conflicting: XMRV (and related retroviruses) have been ... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 23 - Dry Dry Desert Dwellers

This episode: Bacteria grow on quartz stones in the driest hot place on Earth!


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TWiV 112: Creating a killer poxvirus


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On episode 112 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich review the making of a virulent poxvirus by ... Read More

TWiV 112 Letters

Jennie writes:


I love your show very much and this is not my first comment. I load firewood and paint as I listen to you guys, thanks so much for the inspiration over what is becoming years. I'm not an audio learner, though my mind is quite stimulated by what I hear. ... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº144. Microbial Macthmakers (Las "Celestinas" microbianas)



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 144 is based in Merry Youle's post "Microbial Matchmakers" published in the blog "Small Thing C... Read More

Teleconference--CLSI 2011 Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Update

Teleconference from CLSI and APHL. Each January, CLSI updates standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing. It is important for clinical laboratories to incorporate the new recommendations into routine practice to optimize detection and reporting of antimicrobial resistance. In January 201... Read More
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