This episode: Some bacteria have been discovered that construct multiple types of magnet in their cells!
In a lead editorial the New York Times argues why the recent research on avian influenza H5N1 should not be published, and why it constitutes a threat to humanity. They get all of the facts wrong, and base their opinions on incorrect science. Among the problems: they flatly state that 600 humans... Read More
Why is there such widespread fear of avian H5N1 influenza virus?
Why did Paul Keim, chair of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) say “I can’t think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one”. What lead Donald McNeil, writing about H5N1 in the New Yor... Read More
I wanted to wish you a happy holidays. I also was hoping to submit another science pick of the week for your show.
This episode: Plants open up their roots to let bacteria in!
A paper that reported finding retroviral sequences in blood from patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been retracted by the authors. Just four days ago the 2009 Science report of Lombardi and colleagues was editorially retracted. As 2011 comes to an end, so does the hypothesis that r... Read More
Hello Professor Vincent,
First of all, thank you for your wonderful podcasts! I'm a CFS sufferer and also a student Applied Science so I'm interested in many of the topics discussed for those two reasons and always learning new things.
I... Read More
This episode: Newly-discovered underwater crab farms its own bacterial food!
Filipa Godoy-Vitorino es natural de Cartaxo, Portugal y obtuvo su Licenciatura en Biologia en el 2002 por la Universidade de O’Porto. Filipa fué becada por el programa de la Union Europa “... Read More
The virologists who carried out the contentious experiments on influenza H5N1 transmission in ferrets have agreed to remove certain details from their manuscript, according to ScienceInsider. This is a bad day for virology, and for science in general. The decision by the NSABB sets a precedent f... Read More
Hello to the TWiV crew,
Here are a couple of picks I thought would be good for provoking thought and generating discussion...
While working on a project, I came across some papers attempting to define what "critical thinking" means. I app... Read More
This episode: Probiotic DNA can be good for our health!
The mantle of world’s biggest virus has passed from Mimivirus to Megavirus. But in this case, size doesn’t matter. It’s the genes that these viruses share and do not share that make this story important. Read More
I'm greatly concerned about the harmful effects of nanotechnology. I'm old, but have grand kids, who already have to live with all kinds of junk in the environment. I guess it's a topic that fits in the virology category, too, since are not nanotech-sized parti... Read More