The retrovirus XMRV arose during passage of a human prostate tumor in nude mice. The genomes of these mice contain two different proviral DNAs related to XMRV, pre-XMRV-1 and pre-XMRV-2, that recombined to produce XMRV that has been isolated from humans. Two other prostate cancer cell lines also... Read More
Some time ago I emailed you about transcribing an episode of TWiV and have finally finished episode 60. Let me join the chorus of appreciative listeners in praise for your podcast! I've learned a lot from it I was inspired by your generosity... Read More
This episode: Bacteria fight malaria in the bellies of mosquitoes!
Vince and Dickson,
You both have probably seen this already, but for TWIP and TWIM listeners fighting malaria with transgenic fungi is the first item in the 41 minute podcast for 25 Feb 2011, from http://www.sciencemag.org/ . This sounds both fascinating ... Read More
Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of trematodes, or flukes, which have a snail as a reservoir host.
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This episode: Microbes grow under hypergravity!
A team at MIT has been able to use a genetically engineered virus to help build carbon nanotubes, microscopic cylinders that are integral in constructing high-efficiency solar cells. These nanotubes had proven difficult to construct due to their small size, and traditional techniques were doing ... Read More
Although I'm sure there's a good reason to disqualify this possibility, why can't HCV be a human specific pathogen that transferred over to dogs? You don't specifically mention this possibility, so I'm ge... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº 224 is a "season finale" special. It will be back in october. Thanks!. El podcast del Microbio ... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº 222 and 223 summarize two articles published in Medical Mycology about the finding of the ecolog... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº 221 summarize the PLoS ONE paper by Krupovic and Forterre on the presence of microviridae provir... Read More
New infectious diseases emerge with worrisome frequency. Some accompany natural events such as changes in climate, while others surface with human help. Of great importance among the latter are the infections caused by Clostridium difficile (casually called C. diff). The prevalence of these infe... Read More