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MMP #5: Fruitflies, microbes, and aggression with Jeremy Brownlie

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Jeremy Brownlie.


Jeremy Brownlie of Griffıth University in Brisbane, Australia, talks with Jeff Fox about how bacteria influence aggressive behavior in an animal. Fruit flies infected with the wMelPop strain of Wolbachia were less aggressive than the... Read More

SketchyMicro teaches Klebsiella, Serratia and Enterobacter in a really memorable way!

SketchyMicro is a unique and effective way to learn high-yield medical microbiology for the USMLE Step 1.

They take all of the microorganisms, infectious diseases, and random facts that you need to memorize for USMLE Step 1, and weave them into easy-to-remember sketches.

They narrate as th... Read More

Everyday Roles

Some people think it would be great if scientists could wipe out all the microbial bugs! Should we do it, and why or why not?


We get a lot of requests to track down the nasty bugs that are making people sick. It's true that some microbes cause health problems such as strep throat, chi... Read More

BacterioFiles 219 - Fungi Facilitate Photosynthetic Fuels

This episode: Fungi can act like sticky nets to help harvest algae for biofuels!


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XMRV infection is enhanced by prostatic protein fragments

Fragments of an abundant protein produced by the prostate form amyloid fibrils that enhance infection of cells by human immunodeficiency virus type 1. These fibrils, called semen-derived enhancer of virus infection (SEVI), have been found to boost infection of prostate cells by the retrovirus XM... Read More

Water you waiting for? Find out more about choosing water filter membranes for DNA and RNA Isolation

We speak with many scientists each week who are working with filtered water for the isolation of microbial DNA and RNA. Because there are many choices for filter membranes, each with their own benefits, choosing the best one for your sample type and microbial load can be confusing. This article ... Read More

TWiV 236: Flu gets the VIP treatment

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Read More

Touch Surfaces and how microbes spread

With the advent of the rapid spread of H1N1 it is often a challenge to explain the need to be vigilant about hand hygiene. CNN's Randi Kaye reporting on Anderson Cooper 360 reports on how germs from one sneeze can spread to hundreds, maybe thousands. The video has a great animation and illustr... Read More

4 student blogs that gladden an old man's heart

Moselio Schaechter at Small Things Considered highlights 4 student blogs that "gladden an old man's heart."

In Catalogue of Organisms, Christopher Taylor, a student of arachnids... Read More

TWiP 53 Letters

John writes:


Dear Vincent and Dickson,


I just heard your most recent TWIP. Please keep these podcasts going! I love listening to your podcasts and hearing your enthusiasm for my favorite biological topic, parasites. Remember that for every fan... Read More

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Allan writes:


You have the best podcast on the web, hands down. I use your TWiP episodes in both my undergraduate and graduate classes.
Thanks.


I've recently seen a family in Hawaii with recurrent pathogenic Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis a... Read More

BacterioFiles 239 - Familial Pheromones Fight faecalis

This episode: Gut bacteria kill their drug-resistant pathogenic cousins of the same species via pheromone signaling!



Just to let you know, I'm trying to finish up my dissertation and graduate in the next few months, so after episode 240, I will be putting the show on hold, at least for... Read More

C. elegans micro-injection

This video shows the process of injecting a a construct with gene manipulated DNA into a C. elegans worm. The outcome in this case was the rolling worm with the green fluorescent protein in it that localized to the body wall muscle, giving the worm the four green stripes along his body. Read More

TWiM 73 Letters

Mark writes:


Hello Team TWiM,


I’ve followed with interest your coverage of Michael’s research into use of copper to fight hospital infection. Of all the interesting papers covered in 2013, I think the one most actionable is episode 55, The Copper Room. His res... Read More

TWiP 52 Letters

Jason writes:


Hi Drs. Despommier and Racaniello,


This week you wondered why the immune-activating receptor for Toxoplasma gondii, TLR11, is present in mice but not in humans. You noted that it looks like there's no selective pressure keeping it around in us an... Read More

Repair DNA

Developing tricks and tools to keep their enzymes in order is one way thermophiles survive. They also use techniques to keep their DNA from falling apart under intense heat. Like proteins, the parts of the long, spiral ladder-shaped DNA molecule start to unravel and break apart under high hea... Read More

TWiM 57 Letters

Wink writes:


Great HAI work! I'm not through it yet. I want to question, though, whether fomites are really important in influenza transmission. I don't think so.
Wink Weinberg (ID)


[flu can transmit by fomites in guinea pigs: Read More

BacterioFiles 235 - Dust DNA Detectives with Dr. Dunn

This episode: I talk with Dr. Rob Dunn about his team's research into determining where a dust sample comes from based on the microbes present in it!


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A preliminary report on the contact-independent antagonism of Pseudogymnoascus destructans by Rhodococcus rhodochrous strain DAP96253

This article provides the preliminary results of a possible treatment/ Biological control agent for White Nose Syndrome (WNS) cause by Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It is estimated that over 5.5 of North American bats have died due to this deadly disease. Recently this method of treatment descri... Read More

Safely Processing Sprouts - Educational Video

The California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition jointly developed this video in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, university researchers, and industry representati... Read More
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