Vincent, Elio, and Michele review a study of the viruses and bacteria in commensal rats in New York City.
I saw this que... Read More
Microbes around us is an introductory open on line course of microbiology. Key words are: bacteria, virus, biodiversity, microbial evolution, extremophiles, microbiota, rumen, nitrogen cycle, biotechnology, industrial microbiology, biodegradation, biofuel, microbial engineering, infectious disea... Read More
This episode: Engineered phages can both kill bacteria and disrupt their communications!
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After the governors of New York and New Jersey decided that health workers who have returned from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa should be subject to a 21-day quarantine, two Nobel laureates entered the fray. Bruce Beutler feels that the quarantine is the right thing to do, while Peter ... Read More
Vincent and Glenn meet up with Ann and talk about her long and productive career in virology, from biochemistry to bacteriophage lambda to retroviruses.
This episode: Fungi living in grasses make toxic compounds to defend against herbivores, but some animals can overcome this defense with their saliva!
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While Hollywood loves to imagine humans encountering all manner of horrific monsters in the depths of space, the greatest threat to a long-term, manned space mission may not come with tentacles, or extra mouths, or an insatiable love for human flesh. It may, in fact, be the invisible microbes t... Read More
The TWiVocytes answer questions about Ebola virus, including mode of transmission, quarantine, incubation period, immunity, and much more.
Vincent and Dickson discuss how malaria parasites induce odors in their rodent hosts that attract mosquitoes.
My research is focused on the biofilms formation, Motility (swarming and swiming ) and QS in fluorescent Pseudomonas (P. aeruginosa and P. fluorescens).
In laboratory a interaction had been with insect and bacteria metabo... Read More
This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes!
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Tom talks with Vincent about viral central nervous system infections of global importance, Ebola virus, and running the fastest marathon dressed as a doctor.
Mineral coatings on sand particles actually encourage microbial activity in the rapid sand filters that are used to treat groundwater for drinking, according to a paper published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. These findings resoundingly refute, for the first time, the... Read More
This episode: Some Wolbachia bacteria produce vitamin B7 for their insect hosts!
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Tara Smith joins the TWiEBOVsters to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa, spread of the disease to and within the US, transmission of the virus, and much more.