This episode: Evolving bacteria to use a synthetic base in its DNA!
A brief video history of Robert Koch, one of the founding fathers of Bacteriology and Microbiology who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his contributions and discoveries on Tuberculosis.
Dear TWIP Trifecta,
How are you? It is lovely here in lower Manhattan, 82 F / 27 C with blue skies and not much in the way of humidity to make things wilt.
Since you are all going on the road, I’ll be on the edge of my seat waiting t... Read More
This episode: Algae may help clean up radioactive waste!
Contagion is the name of a new action-thriller movie about a global outbreak of a deadly viral disease. Slated to be released in 2011, it is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lawrence Fishburne. That’s certainly an ... Read More
This online “personality quiz” helps young learners understand the unconventional concept that most micro-organisms are beneficial; only a fraction are harmful. This activity matches the quiz-taker with the microbe that most closely reflects his or her personality. At the end of the quiz, studen... Read More
Dr. Carl Winter, a food toxicologist at University of California, Davis, sings this parody of The Eagles' "Heartache Tonight." Read More
This episode: Engineered phages can both kill bacteria and disrupt their communications!
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One of the first challenges is in properly diagnosing Zika infection. Diagnosis is challenging for several reasons: first, many infected individuals don’t suffer severe symptoms. Those that do have relatively non-specific symptoms of low-grade fever, headaches, and muscle soreness that are somet... Read More
Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways that the mycelium fungus can help save the world. Read More
In December of last year, Julian Davies, Professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society, authored an amusing post that essential... Read More
Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,
This episode: Attacking HIV using a related virus!
Did you see this paper in PLoS Computational Biology? It's mind-blowing. U. Maryland researchers found evidence for Acinetobacter and Pseudomonas nucleic acid integrated into human chromosomes and mitochondria, po... Read More
This episode: Bacterial ghosts could make good vaccines for different things!
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For or Against the "Too Clean Theory?": An Infection Control Debate
I’m not sure that any one person is completely for or against the Too Clean Theory. The intention of this article is to bridge the gap between the wide spectrum of opinions by showing how responsibility and moderation ultima... Read More
The authors analyze the influenza outbreak in Mexico, and make an early assessment of transmissibility and severity. Read More
The microbial ecosystem inside the carnivorous pitcher plant is vastly more diverse than previously thought according to research published in the March 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Researchers from Louisiana State University used genomic fingerprinting te... Read More