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Poliovirus vaccine safety

The contamination of the rotavirus vaccine Rotarix with porcine circovirus 1 DNA was revealed by deep sequencing. The same technique was also used to demonstrate that oral poliovirus vaccine does not contain viruses that can cause poliomyelitis. Read More

TWiV 252: Who read the last email?

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

The Fungus Detective - Robert Blanchette goes to extremes to solve microscopic mysteries

A profile of Robert Blanchette, professor of plant pathology at the University of Minnesota, and his interesting work on fungi and the degradation archaeological wood. Read More

TWiV 246: Pandora, pandemics, and privacy

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Read More

TWiP 48 Letters

Ruth writes:

Dear Dick Despommier


My name is Ruth
I am a listener of twip and recently I decided to look into your vertical farming that you mention on the podcast.


While I was watching a video of you explaining vertical farming you mentioned soil-less g... Read More

The Alaska Ocean Blob Mystery Revealed - It's an Algal Bloom

Several media outlets from Time Magazine to local Alaska papers have confirmed that the 15 mile long organic blob floating in the Chukchi Sea, the waters between Alaska and Siberia, is indeed an algal bloom. But how com... Read More

TWiP 59 letters

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

Audio interview with Jeffrey Brinker--A Quorum of One: Solitary Bacterial Cell Does Its Own Sensing

Materials scientist Jeffrey Brinker and his collaborators at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., have confined individual Staphylococcus aureus cells in vessels that consist of porous silica nanostructures. These structures isolate the cells physically and chemically from other cell... Read More

TWiV 380: Viruses visible in le microscope photonique

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

A short-short science fiction story about microbes...

From my microbiology-associated blog, where I discuss teaching and research in microbiology at a small liberal arts institution. Read More

TWiV 239: Filterable camels

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Notable Bacteria



  • Bacillus anthracis causes anthrax, a deadly disease in cattle and a potential bioweapon against humans




  • .Brucella abortus causes breeding losses in livestock.




  • Cyanobacteria (formerly known as blue-green algae) live in water, where they prod... Read More

TWiM 54 Letters

Jacob writes:


Hi all,

Saw this media release from the Australian Institute of Marine Science about researchers isolating a combination of probiotic bacteria to assist in the prevention of Vibrio infections of spiny lobsters in aquaculture and thought of TW... Read More

Infection Control and Hygiene Training Home

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

An antiviral for enveloped viruses

Broad spectrum antibiotics are available that act against a wide range of bacteria, including both gram-positive and gram-negative species. In contrast, our antiviral arsenal is exceedingly specific. Nearly all the known antivirals block infection with one or two different viruses. The discovery... Read More

TWiV 386: The dolphins did it

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and  Read More

TWiM #20: Facebook for bacteria

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Paul Stamets - 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways that the mycelium fungus can help save the world. Read More

TWiP 56 letters

Suzanne writes:


Your discussion about technology and fixing things here before we go out into space made me wonder if space exploration might turn out to be like investigative science. In the process of exploring space we might run across the means of fixing our probl... Read More

TWiV 241: The ferret looks ill

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