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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

Creative "Extra Credit" Projects in Microbiology!

In this blog entry, I explore how students can use their creativity to learn microbiology in innovative and often artistic ways. It makes learning more personal! Read More

TWiP 3 letters

Björn writes: (first letter to TWiP)


Hi Dick and Vincent,



My name is Björn. I am a biochemist and PhD student working on trypanosomes here in Germany. I am a long time listener of your twiv podcast and just listened to the first  Read More

A bug in a bug in a bug

Via Small Things Considered - Click "source" for more.

"Rattling around inside my head for some time has been the reported discovery that there are bacteria that live within other bacteria. To me, this is an honest-to-goodness gee-whiz piece of microbial lore. Made me wonder why the story had... Read More

Microbiology Education and Social Media

At the Spring 2010 meeting of the Society for General Microbiology In Edinburgh Vincent Racaniello spoke about ‘Social Media in Microbiology Education and Research’. In his presentation he gives a comprehensive overview of how he uses these new communication tools to promote the science of virol... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 270 y 271: Maternidad viral (Viral Motherhood)




























El podcast del Microbio Nº270 and 271 are an Spanish language adaptation of Carl Zimmer's article: "Mammals made by viruses" (... Read More

July 2011 Microbe Feature article

In this month's Microbe magazine, now online,Janet Jannson, a Professor and Senior Staff Scientist in the Ecology Department, Earth Sciences Division, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory explains how microbial ecologists are taking a metagenomics approach to analyze complex and diverse soil... Read More

Archaea of Note


  • Lobus fulgidus is a sulfur-reducer that can sour oil wells.

  • Halobacteria are salt-loving microbes that give a pink tinge to salt water evaporation ponds, the Dead Sea and salted fish.

  • Pyrolobus fumarii led scientists to extend the upper te... 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

TWiV 312: She sells B cells

The TWiVbolans discuss the finding that human noroviruses, major causes of gastroenteritis, can for the first time be propagated in B cell cultures, with the help of enteric bacteria.


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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

Use of adjuvants in H1N1 vaccine is cited as main reason for low vaccination rates for health care workers in Germany

"The emergence of the influenza A(H1N1)2009 virus provided a major challenge to health services around the world. However, vaccination rates for the public and for healthcare workers (HCWs) have remained low. We performed a study to review the reasons put forward by HCWs to refuse immunisation w... Read More

TWiV 314: Einstein goes viral

Vincent travels to Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he speaks with Kartik, Ganjam, and Margaret about their work on Ebolavirus entry, a tumor suppressor that binds the HIV-1 integrase, and the entry of togaviruses and flaviviruses into cells.


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TWiV 299: Rocky Mountain virology

Vincent visits the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana and speaks with Marshall, Sonja, and Byron about their work on tick-born flaviviruses, innate immunity, and prion diseases.


Host: Vincent ... Read More

TWiP 79 letters


Jesse writes:


Doctors TWiP,


I came across this paper and thought it sounded interesting for a discussion on TWiP:


Colonisation resistance in the sand fly gut: Leishmania protects Lutzomyia longipalpis from bacterial infection
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El Podcast del Microbio Nº 349: Fagos contra Salmonella (Phages against Salmonella)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº 349 summarize the article by Bardina et al published in Applied and environmental microbiology on the use of phages for reducing Salmonella colonization in poultry. El podcas... Read More

TWiV 319: Breaking breakbone

The TWiVers review the outcomes of two recent phase 3 clinical trials of a quadrivalent dengue virus vaccine in Asia and Latin America.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

A system‐level model for the microbial regulatory genome

Microbes can tailor transcriptional responses to diverse environmental challenges despite having streamlined genomes and a limited number of regulators. We present data‐driven models that capture the dynamic interplay of the environment and genome‐encoded regulatory programs of two types of prok... 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

TWiM 97 Letters


Dennis writes:
hi Doc,


A paper just published in nature:


http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/pdf/nature14098.pdf


reports an effective antibiot... Read More

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