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
Richard Rifkind is chairman Emeritus at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and Carole Rifkind an author and educator, together their documentary entitled Naturally Obsessed: The making of a Scientist is a peek into the lifestyle of people who toil away because of their interest to... Read More
This episode: Microbial predators in soil cause microbial prey to build fortifications!
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I am always looking for microbe-themed art; I keep a list of my findings at Microbe Art. I’ve just discovered a new artist: Jane Hartman of Trilobite Glassworks. From her website: Trilobite Glassworks features stained glass and fused glass decorative as well as functional pieces all designed and... Read More
Hi Vince, Dick, Alan and Rich,
My name is Trevor Stewart, a PhD student at the University of Toronto (in my final year!!) in Physics. I've been listening to TWIV (and TWIP) since last Xmas when my twin brother (who is a graduate student studying mass-s... Read More
This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes!
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Vi... Read More
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
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
Spongiform encephalopathies are neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding of normal cellular prion proteins. A 2014 case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob prion disease in the United States was probably caused by eating beef from animals with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow d... Read More
BAC Down! Give bacteria the cold shoulder. Keep your refrigerator at 40° F or below. Use a thermometer to monitor. The bacterium Listeria monocyotogenes can grow at refrigerator temperatures.
Pregnant women, young children and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of... Read More
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
Host: Vincent Racaniello
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