Colloid may not be a common term in biology these days, but in the early 20th century, colloids were believed to hold the key to the secrets of life. So what is a colloid? According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica it is any substance consisting of particles substantially larger than atoms or ord... Read More
Have you heard about the Earth Microbiome Project? Led by the laboratories of Jack Gilbert from Argonne National Labs along with Folker Meyer (Argonne), Janet Jansson (LBNL), Rob Knight (University of Colorado), this is a pioneering effort to characterize the global microbial taxonomic and func... Read More
The TWiVites present an all-ebolavirus episode, tackling virology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention and cure that are in the pipeline.
Dear Dick Despommier
My name is Ruth
While I was watching a video of you explaining vertical farming you mentioned soil-less g... Read More
The chromosomal DNA of several mammals has been found to contain sequences related to the nucleoprotein (N) gene of bornaviruses, enveloped viruses with a negative-strand RNA genome. I am amazed by this finding. How did bornaviral DNA get in our chromosomes, and what is it doing there? Read More
In an ideal world, every PI would be a nurturing and challenging mentor who carefully guides your project and is invested in developing your skills as a scientist. In the real world, however, that kind of leadership can be hard to find.
In any case, one of the most important and useful mental... Read More
This episode: Colonizing ourselves with friendly bacteria could drive out more risky ones, such as those that cause meningitis!
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Dear Doctor's Racaniello and Despommier,
Huzzah! I have tracked down Dick's missing book on tropical medicine, or at least another copy of said book. While listening to TWIP #40, my ears perked up when Dick said he had lent a book to a student only to h... Read More
Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Mar... Read More
This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria!
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This episode: Bacteria extend little hairs that could help clean up radioactive contamination!
Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,
This episode: Virus + bacterial enzyme = cancer killer!
Is bacterial DNA contamination in your whole genome amplification kit a problem? For microbiologists it sure is. WGA is a technique where the complete genomic content of a sample is amplified non-specifically and at a single temperature (isothermically). The presence of any contaminating DNA in ... Read More
This episode: Bacteria on your skin affect your attractiveness to mosquitoes!
This episode: Being raised with their mother and breastmilk vs. bottle-fed in a nursery significantly affects macaque microbiomes and their immune system profile!
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Are you an early career scientist who is interested in public outreach? Do you want to share your love of microbiology with the world? Consider applying to the American Society for Microbiology’s Headquarter Communications Fellowship. This 6-month fellowship in Wash... Read More
Save the date for the Keystone Symposia on Molecular & Cellular Biology conference on “The Gut Microbiome: The Immune Effector/Regulator Network,” taking place February 10–15, 2013 at Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center in Taos, New Mexico, USA. Organized by Lloyd H. Kasper of Dartmouth Medical ... Read More