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The human genome is composed of viral DNA II: Individual proteins contain multiple viral inserts

Individual proteins, and individual translated exons within these proteins, are composed of multiple internested viral protein fragments. This is illustrated for the translated exons of DISC1 , where the different viral contributions are colour coded for each virus or phage. Read More

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935)

William Dieterle's 1935 film about Louis Pasteur who scientifically disproved the spontaneous generation hypothesis and among many other things greatly influenced the introduction and use of antisepsis in medicine.

You can watch the rest of the parts 2-6 on YouTube. Read More

HIV cure could be all in the 'mix'

Current HIV treatments do not eradicate HIV from host cells but rather inhibit virus replication and delay the onset of AIDS. However, a new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, AIDS Research & Therapy describes an innovative approach to eliminate HIV in host by targeted ... Read More

TWiV 96 Letters

Connor writes:

My name is Connor and I am an undergraduate (soon to graduate) Microbiology student at Oregon State University. I've recently discovered your show and I love listening to it. Especially now that it's featured on Stitcher, making it much easier for me to listen... Read More

TWiV 96: Making viral DNA

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On episode #96 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, and Rich continue Virology 101 with a discussion of how viruses with DNA genomes replicate their genetic information.


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MTS56 - Susan Golden - Clocks for Life

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This Wormy World

Maps showing the distribution and prevalence of worm infections in every African country are the first of a series of Global Atlas of Helminth Infections which provide a unique, open-access, free information resource vital for planning and implementing deworming programs.

It is estimated that... Read More

Healthwatch: PRHC Microbiology Lab

A behind the scenes look at the Microbiology Lab at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, staffed by highly trained medical laboratory technologists and laboratory technicians. Read More

What is Open Access Publishing in Scientific Research?

A slide-cast by Jonathan Eisen, Professor at UC Davis and Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology, about open access publishing given at the Clinical and Translational Science Center at UC Davis (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/ctsc). Read More

A Brief Introduction to Genetics

A Brief Introduction to Genetics is a short documentary film created using motion graphics as the main visual component. It is a film that explores the history of genetics & genomics and the underlying concepts that provide the foundational knowledge that today's research is built upon. The film... Read More

Superbug, Be Gone

A short documentary by Daniel Vasquez about a new strategy of combating antibiotic resistance. Read More

The human Genome is composed of viral DNA

Evidence from over 2 million viral/human alignments, shows that the human genome is composed of viral DNA.
This is not just retroviruses (XMRV and HIV-1) but common viruses such as the rhinovirus, Epstein-Barr, influenza, herpes, papillomavirus, coronavirus and many more. This supports the idea... Read More

TWiV 95: Does a virus shift in the woods?

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On episode #95 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Rich consider the end of the influenza H1N1 pandemic, dengue in Florida, vaccinia virus infection in Brazilian monkey... Read More

TWiV 95 Letters

Jim writes:

Some listeners might benefit from reading "The Treatment; why is it so difficult to develop drugs for cancer" in the May 17, 2010 issue of The New Yorker, a nine page article (pp 68-77).


This link goes to the digital edition ( http://archives.newyorker.co... Read More

XMRV not detected in seminal plasma

How XMRV, the new human retrovirus associated with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome, might be transmitted among humans is unknown. The finding that the virus can be detected in prostate cancer cells, and in prostatic secretions of men with prostate cancer suggests that it could be se... Read More

Small pharmacies are more likely to dispense antibiotics without a medical prescription than large pharmacies in Catalonia, Spain

The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between pharmacy size and the likelihood of obtaining antibiotics without medical prescription at a pharmacy. In 2008 in Catalonia, two actors presented three different cases in a randomised sample of pharmacies and asked pharmacists for an a... Read More

The end of the pandemic – what will be the pattern of influenza in the 2010-11 European winter and beyond?

A recent editorial at www.eurosurveillance.org by A. Nicol and M. Sprenger considers the possible pattern for influenza in Europe this winter and beyond.

"On 10 August 2010 Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that the world has moved into the ... Read More

Biofilms Over Troubled Waters

Mark O. Martin, ASM member, associate blogger for Small Things Considered, and Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, has authored a new post on the Small Things Considered blog that explores what might be happening to the "vanishing" oil slicks in... Read More

Viral bioinformatics: Dotplot

Dotplots are an extremely useful way of visualizing comparisons of small and large DNA sequences (as well as protein sequences), providing insight into the degree of similarity, deletions, insertions and direct and indirect repeats. In a dotplot, each nucleotide, or small window of nucleotides, ... Read More

TWiP 14 Letters

Sarah writes:

To my favourite scientists,


I am a high school student from Serbia and microbiology is my passion; I plan on going to university and studying it. I wanted to tell you both how much I enjoy the TWIP podcast! I especially enjoyed the one about tapeworms.... Read More

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