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TWiV 265: This year in virology

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove Read More

Should variola virus, the agent of smallpox, be destroyed?

Later this month (May 2014) the World Health Assembly will decide whether to destroy the remaining stocks of variola virus – the agent of smallpox – or to allow continued research on the virus at WHO-approved laboratories. We are interested in your opinion on this issue. Please follow the link t... Read More

Microbiology Dilution Series Demonstration

Here's a nice demonstration video by Dr. Conor O'Bryne from the Dept. of Microbiology at National University of Ireland, Galway, showing how to perform a serial dilution on a liquid food sample (in this case raw unpasteurised milk). The raw milk sample is diluted down to 1/1000 in a sterile dil... Read More

TWiV 48

Rodney writes:


Hello, I have been an avid listener of TWiV over the last 9 months or so and have very much enjoyed the podcast. It is always great to hear a broad, informed discussion on virology, and your recent podcast on viral classification was of particular interest to m... Read More

El podcast del Microbio N224. Fin de la Segunda Temporada (End of Second Season)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº 224 is a "season finale" special. It will be back in october. Thanks!. El podcast del Microbio ... Read More

Dr. Francis Su's View on "Grace" in Teaching---A MUST Read!

Dr, Francis Su is a mathematician at Harvey Mudd College in Southern California. Last week, he was honored with the prestigious Haimo Teaching Award of the Mathematics Association of America at the Join Math Meetings in San Diego. His acceptance speech is inspiring to any educator and any stud... Read More

The U.S. Army’s updated biomedical regulations for select agents

A new post on the Bulletin for Atomic Scientists website reviews the U.S. Army's revised regulations for its biomedical labs. The updated requirements intends to clarify vague language in civilian biological agents guidelines. In addition, "the new regulations establish stricter controls on t... Read More

Avian influenza H7N9 viruses isolated from humans: What do the gene sequences mean?

There have been over 60 human infections with avian influenza virus H7N9 in China, and cases have been detected outside of Shanghai, including Beijing, Zhejiang, Henan, and Anhui Provinces. Information on the first three cases has now been published, allowing a more detailed consideration of the... Read More

Mad Dogs and Microbiologists

Guest blogger William C. Summers, Yale University School of Medicine, authors a post at Small Things Considered about the potential for a new rabies vaccine as evidenced in a recent PLoS paper titled "Effective preexposure and postexposure prophylaxis of rabies with a highly attenuated recombina... Read More

Taq Polymerase and the PCR

Morehouse College Biology students Rob Williams and Tony Gibson present on the process of Taq production and the polymerase chain reaction. Read More

TWiV 284: By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier Read More

Physical Virology

A post by Manuel Sánchez, host of the Spanish blog, Curiosidades de al Microbiologia, on an article entitled "Physical Virology " that appeared in Nature Phyisics, discuses the ideas and potential of a new discipline that studies viruses from a physical perspective.

"Viruses are able to spont... Read More

TWiV 292: Medimmune goes viral

Vincent visits Medimmune and speaks with Wade, Matt, Nicole, and Ken about why they work in industry and their daily roles in a biotechnology company.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello


Guests: Wa... Read More

A single amino acid change switches avian influenza H5N1 and H7N9 viruses to human receptors

Two back-to-back papers were published last week that provide a detailed analysis of what it would take for avian influenza H5N1 and H7N9 viruses to switch to human receptors. A single amino acid change in the viral hemagglutinin protein is sufficient to quantitatively change binding of the viru... Read More

TWiV special: MERS-coronavirus in dromedary camels

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Host: Vincent Racaniello


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Event - Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology

June 24, 2009 12:30 – 1:30 PM

The emerging field of synthetic biology will allow researchers to create biological systems that do not occur naturally as well as to re-engineer existing biological systems to perform novel and beneficial tasks. As the science and its applications develop, a com... Read More

Biology of Bacteria

Here's a nice edu resource-related video about the biology of bacteria that the team over at SciVee.tv posted. It looks like it originally came from Maryland Public Television. This is probably good for many intro to microbiology type courses and high school level life science classes. Read More

An Inactive Mine Provides Active Opportunities

Elio Schaechter of Small Things Considered describes the work by members of Jill Banfield’s lab at Berkeley on a unique set of mine-dwelling microorganisms dubbed ARMAN (for Archaeal Richmond Mine Acidophilic Nanoorganisms). These microbes illustrate many surprising characteristics such as "thei... Read More

TWiP 50 Letters

Alaric writes:


Hello Vince and Dick,


I just found your podcast and I love it! You have some wonderfully witty banter.


I am only on my 4th episode (that's what you call a podcast segment right?), and have a question pertaining to my original reason for ... Read More

Classifications: What Difference Does it Make?

Does a bacterium’s cell wall, shape, way of moving, and environment really matter?

Yes! The more we know about bacteria, the more we are able to figure out how to make microbes work for us or stop dangerous ones from causing serious harm. And, for those of us who like to ponder more philosop... Read More

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