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TWiV 124 Letters

Norm writes:


First, I love your podcasts.


You guys are constantly grousing about the lack of research funding.


I was curious.


NIH, funding has risen every year since 2000, from $17B to the current $31B (supports 325,000 researchers)


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XMRV and CFS – It’s not the end

Yesterday the Chicago Tribune published my reaction to the four papers on the retrovirus XMRV published this week in the journal Retrovirology. I was quoted as saying ”These four papers are probably the beginning of the end of XMRV and CFS”. I wish to retract this statement and explain my reason... Read More

TWiP 29 Letters

Dylan writes:

Dear Professors Racaniello and Depommier,


I hope this email finds you both in good health. I am a second year medical student from Ireland studying at the University of Cambridge, UK and I have been following the TWiP series with considerable interest... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 20 - Archaea Advanced Apart

This episode: Our archaeal ancestors may have been more important to us than bacterial!




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A mad cow in America

A dairy cow in California is the fourth known American case of mad cow disease, which is caused by prions, infectious agents composed only of protein (the story hit the press the day after my lecture on this type of illness). Unlike viruses, prions have no nucleic acid and no protective coat. Bu... Read More

TWiV 155: XXII Brazilian National Virology Meeting



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Grant McFadden, Eurico de Arruda Neto... Read More

My virology course at Columbia University

The third annual installment of my virology course at Columbia University, Biology W3310, has begun, and all the lectures will be available online. Read More

Ferreting out influenza H5N1

A laboratory in the Netherlands has identified a lethal influenza H5N1 virus strain that is transmitted among ferrets. These findings are under review by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to ensure that they do not constitute a threat to human health. Meanwhile both the... Read More

TWiV 142 Letters

TWiV 142


Marshall writes:


Dear TWiV hosts,


I'm sure you've already heard about this, but I was curious what your take on this study is.


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Whole genome sequence of Borrelia burgdorferi...

Human Lyme disease is caused by a number of related Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato species. We report here the complete genome sequence of Borrelia sp. isolate SV1 from Finland. Read More

Fighting Disease: Researching the History and Biology of Vaccines (resource for teachers)

What is a vaccine, and why do we need them? How do vaccines work, and how were they developed? In this lesson, students gauge their previous knowledge about vaccines. They then explore the history and biology of vaccines and create educational posters on the nature of vaccines and public opinion... Read More

TWiV 165 Letters

Justin writes:


Are you, Alan Dove and Prof. Racaniello, saying you think Mikovits and/or others on the Lombardi paper lied about the results or blinding? I think circumspection is a natural human reaction to the allegations of theft that have been made against Dr. Mik... Read More

CDC: Key Facts About Swine Influenza

Good basic info on Swine Flu in humans and pigs. Read More

World Tuberculosis Day 2009

Today is World Tuberculosis Day.

"World TB Day, 24 March 2009, is about celebrating the lives and stories of people affected by TB: women, men and children who have taken TB treatment; nurses; doctors; researchers; community workers--anyone who has contributed towards the global fight agains... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 245 and 246. La levadura de la cerveza lager: una fusión en frío (Lager beer yeast: a cold fusion)



























El podcast del microbio Nº 245 y 246 summarize the paper by Libkind et al in PNAS about the possible origin of Saccharomyces pas... Read More

Fun with Fomites - Experiment

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TWiP 20 - The whipworm Trichuris trichiura



Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of nematodes with the whipworm Trichuris trichiura.


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TWiP 16: Giardia



Vincent and Dickson review the life cycle and pathogenesis of the flagellated protozoan parasite Giardia lamblia.


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TWiP 38: How to Trichomonas



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


Vincent and Dickson tack... Read More

TWiP 17: Entamoeba histolytica



Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of protozoan parasites that cause diarrhea with a review of amebic dysentery caused by Entamoeba histolytica.


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