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Estimating influenza-related sick leave in Norway: Was work absenteeism higher during the H1N1 pandemic?

The impact of influenza on work absenteeism is poorly documented. Researchers used data from the national registry and Norway Post AS (>14,000 employees) to explore sickness absence patterns from 2005/06 through 2009/10 in Norway. Annually, an estimated 2.868% (mean 95% confidence interval (CI):... Read More

TWiV 384: Agent 003, a view to a fish kill

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove and  Read More

TWiV 369: Camel runny noses and other JNK

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler


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What Microbe Are You? An Activity Designed for Our Youngest Scientist

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

TWiP 81 letters


Allan writes:


Dear Vincent & Dickson… and Daniel,


I always enjoy listening to TWIP here in Kona, Hawaii.


Our weather today is 79ºF and clear but we have just experienced a record 25-year overnight low of 54ºF,
(FREEZING, as few of us hav... Read More

TWiM 111 Letters


Noah writes:


Dear Dr. Schaechter,


First off, I want to thank you for the effort you and your colleagues have invested in Small Things Considered and the podcast TWIM.  Back when I had a longer commute to work, I listened more religiously than now, wh... Read More

Virology course on Coursera

For fours years I have taught a virology course at Columbia University and have posted videos of each lecture on my website, virology.ws, and at iTunes University. Nearly 100,000 individuals have subscribed to my virology course at iTunes University. Now Columbia has signed an agreement with Cou... Read More

Host-Pathogen Interaction and Human Disease (Part 1) by Stanley Falkow, Ph.D.

Stanley Falkow, Professor Microbiology and Immunology; Geographic Medicine; Infectious Diseases, Stanford University School of Medicine, presents a lecture on host-pathogen interaction.

"Ninety percent of the cells humans carry are microbes. Only a few of the bacteria we encounter are pathoge... Read More

Zika diagnostics in a nutshell

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

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 53 - Bacteria Beta-oxidate Butanol Biofuel

This episode: Reversing a metabolic pathway is very effective!


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Do... Read More

Murphy’s Law in Science

Murphy’s law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Nowhere is this law more abundantly evident than in the life of a scientist. Here are just a few of the examples that I’ve witnessed:

•if you drop one tube from the whole rack, it will be the one that contained your most im... Read More

MMP #6: A fused, single-subunit bacterial ribosome with Alexander Mankin and Michael Jewett

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Alexander Mankin and Michael Jewett.


Alexander Mankin –called Shura --of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Michael Jewett at Northwestern University talk with Jeff Fox about their recent success in joining the 30S and 50S bacterial riboso... Read More

Zinc inhibits rhinovirus replication - profvrr does an experiment

I was given a package of zinc lozenges when I contracted a cold a few weeks ago. That got me interested in the effect of zinc on rhinovirus replication. As a consequence I began a series of experiments to understand the mechanism of inhibition of viral replication by this metal. It's unusual tha... Read More

TWiV 291: Ft. Collins abuzz with virologists

Vincent, Rich, and Kathy and their guests Clodagh and Ron recorded this episode at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Society for Virology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.


Hosts: ... Read More

TWiP 95 letters

Ruben writes:


Dear Day-Twippers,


I am a big fan of TWIP. You do so many things right, that a little problem in your TWiP94 broadcast is not a big deal. As you may already know all three drugs in the Nutman et al. study are small molecules, not monoclonals, the... Read More

TWiV 264: We should do an all email show some day

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove Read More

MdlM116: La importancia de los virus como patógenos emergentes en América Latina

Los virus son considerados por la mayoría como patógenos en todo tipo de entidades biológicas.  Sin embargo la gran mayoría de los virus son inocuos a sus células hospedero.  Nuestro invitado de hoy, el Dr. Paolo Zanotto es investigador y profesor en la Universidad de Sao Paolo, Bra... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 44 - Mosquito Microbes Mitigate Malaria

This episode: Bacteria fight malaria in the bellies of mosquitoes!


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Did van Leeuwenhoek actually observe yeast cells in 1680?

Nanne Nanninga, Emeritus Professor of Molecular Cytology, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, authors a guest post on Small Things Considered that questions whether van Leeuwenhoek actually observed yeast cells in 1680.

"It is common knowledge tha... Read More

TWiV 363: Eat flu and dyad

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove Read More

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