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TWiM 61 Letters

Nate writes:


Hi my name is Nate. I am a senior in high school aspiring to become a microbiologist. I heard about this podcast through a class I took on biotechnology and have been listening for about 2 months. I really enjoy it and the other two shows... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº179. Un parásito en mi agua (A parasite in my water)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº179 resumes the paper published in Water Research about the findings of Cryptosporidium and Giard... Read More

Tales of Death

Merry Youle of Small Things Considered looks at several bacteria that have borrowed "tail-like particles" from phages and fashioned from it a targeted bacterial killer for their own use.

Snippet:

"These efficient killers are indeed related to phage. One gene cluster in the P. aeruginosa PA... Read More

MOOC: Pandemics and new viral infections (in Spanish)

New Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) in Spanish about Pandemics and new viral infections.

This is a mini online open course about basic concepts of virus and pandemics. We answer questions as what is a virus?, how a virus multiplies inside a cell?, what is a pandemic?, why appear new influe... Read More

TWiV 227: Lacks security and bad poultry



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

Metagenomic Sequencing of an In Vitro-Simulated Microbial Community

A new data resource for measuring the accuracy of metagenomic binning methods, created by in vitro-simulation of a metagenomic community, can be used to complement previous in silico benchmark studies. In constructing a synthetic community and sequencing its metagenome, researchers from the Univ... Read More

TWiM 69 Letters

Gian writes:


Beloved TWiMers,


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

Milestones in Microbiology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Last week I was at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to attend a ceremony designating the well-known laboratory on Long Island as a Milestone in Microbiology site. The purpose of this program, which is administered by the American Society for Microbiology, is to recognize institutions that have subs... Read More

Behind the scenes: TWiV 200 at the NEIDL

We celebrated the 200th episode of TWiV by visiting the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Boston University Medical Center, where we met with Elke, Paul, and Ron to talk about building and working in a BSL4 facility. It was an amazing visit that will be fully documented in an... Read More

A sporadic undertaking by Small Things Considered

This is the third annual Week of the Fungi on Small Things Considered, a sporadic undertaking (please excuse the pun).

"Sooner or later, but usually sooner, anyone dealing with fungi will have to deal with the issue of spore dispersal. Many fungi, mushrooms included, are a spore’s way of spre... Read More

TWiM #80: Hurling fleas and designer chromosomes

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter, and Michele Swanson Read More

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

Common sense information from the CDC on how you can prevent flu transmission and prevent getting sick yourself. Read More

Interview with Nancy Connell of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)

Jeff Fox of Microbe magazine talks with Nancy Connell of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) on the recent National Research Council report on the FBI’s scientific investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks Read More

TWiV 248: TWiP infects TWiV



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Rich Condit


Vincent, Dic... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 144 - Copper Chelator Calms Quicksilver

This episode: Bacteria could reduce mercury's toxicity in their environment!


(6.5 MB, 7 minutes)


Methanotrophs (bacteria that use methane for their carbon and energy) secrete siderophore-like compounds that are usually used to chelate copper and make it more bioavailable, but ... Read More

Addressing Biosecurity Concerns Related to the Synthesis of Select Agents

DNA synthesis technology, in combination with other rapidly-evolving capabilities in the life sciences, such as directed molecular evolution and viral reverse genetics, has galvanized segments of the scientific community.1 It also has captured the attention of the general public and policymaker... Read More

Plasmalogens Have Evolved Twice

Howard Goldfine, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has authored a new post on Small Things Considered that looks at the interesting evolution of plasmalogens from anaerobes to plant and animal cells.

"Plasmalogens appeared early, but did not survi... Read More

TWiV 229: Partly cloudy with a high of H7N9



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Read More

The Transmission Dynamics of Tuberculosis in a Recently Developed Chinese City

Hong Kong is an affluent subtropical city with a well-developed healthcare infrastructure but an intermediate TB burden. Declines in notification rates through the 1960s and 1970s have slowed since the 1980s to the current level of around 82 cases per 100 000 population. We studied the transmiss... Read More

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