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TWiV 190: The second ferret of the Apocalypse

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Read More

How do we know what causes an infectious disease? (Part 2)

Having discussed fulfilling Koch's postulates using culture methods in part 1, this blog post briefly discusses the newer molecular techniques that scientists can use to provide evidence for a disease being caused by a specific organism. Read More

How do we know what causes an infectious disease? (Part 1)

A brief introduction to how scientists prove that an infectious agent is a cause of disease. It discusses Koch's postulates using the imaginary disease chocolatitis and the imaginary organism Chocolobacter as an example. Read More

TWiP 34 Letters

Raihan writes:


Hello Professors Racaniello and Despommier,


In TWIP #33, Dr Despommier said that certain parasites do not need receptors to enter cells, while Dr Racaniello then said that all viruses require a receptor for entry. I might be wro... Read More

Adopt a Microbe

Emily Lurie, a student at The University of Western Australia in Perth, has a nice blog called Adopt-a-Microbe in which she illustrates a particular microbe and provides some general information about it. Her work is very attractive and cute, and is ideal for teaching young people about the role... Read More

TWiV 63: Melting pot virus

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On episode #63 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich talk about US government contract for freeze-dried smallpox vaccine, red squirrels in the UK threatened by poxvirus, and ... Read More

Antigen Switching in Malaria - A Classroom Activity

High school students and their teachers participate in a simple activity to demonstrate the interaction between the var antigens malaria parasites display and the patient's immune system. Read More

TWiV 167 Letters

Joe writes:


Twivers


I did the homework Professor Vince assigned and went to see the movie Contagion. I really liked the movie and was very pleased with the way the science was portrayed.


I am an Environmental Health and Safety Manager ... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 71 - Bright Bacteria Brave Biting

This episode: Some ocean bacteria glow to attract those that eat them!



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TWiV 178 Letters

Josh writes:


Hello TWiV Doctors,


Two short things:


1. You probably already heard the TWiV shout-out you got on NPR's Morning Edition on Friday, March 30th. It's here:  Read More

TWiP 12 Letters

Maria writes:

Dear Dr. Dickson Despommier and Dr. Vincent Racaniello


I am a microbiologist. I studied in Colombia and after finishing my bachelor's I moved to New York city in 2007. All my life I have been fascinated about microorganisms. Some weeks ago I found an i... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 77 - Bioluminescent Bifidus Binds Bumps

This episode: Using glowing bacteria to image tumors in the body!



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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 64 - Proving Probiotic Products

This episode: Probiotic yogurt doesn't seem to change microbial community much!


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TWiV 134: Meet Ralph, your cruise director

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Read More

The State of Science in America

A new survey published by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the American Association for the Advancement of Science checks the pulse of how scientists and the public view the field of science. For example:

17% of the public thinks that U.S. scientific achievements rate a... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 70 - Microbes Make Multiple Magnets

This episode: Some bacteria have been discovered that construct multiple types of magnet in their cells!



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TWiV 182: One flu over the ferrets' nest

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Read More

TWiV 98: Murine musings, electric shirts, and rabid pathologists

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On episode #98 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich review the finding of murine leukemia virus-related sequences in the blood of CFS patients and healthy donors, laboratory... Read More

TWiV 112: Creating a killer poxvirus


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On episode 112 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich review the making of a virulent poxvirus by ... Read More

TWiV 161 Letters

Ayesha writes:


Honourable TWIVnesses!


I heard this series and thought you might dig it for listener pick of the week: h... Read More

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