Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has no known single cause, and its growing incidence has led many researchers to study its influencing factors. While claims of vaccine relatedness are outright false, there are other variables that may contribute to a propensity toward ASD development, including e... Read More
This episode: Polymer-coated bacteria make really good vaccines!
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Vincent meets with members of team ZEST at the University of Wisconsin Madison to discuss their macaque model for Zika virus pathogenesis.
The American Society for Microbiology recently initiated an author-directed route of publication for its journal mSphere, called mSphereDirect. This new publishing route allows authors to choose their reviewers ahead of submission, changing the dynamic between authors and their reviewers. Author... Read More
Interesting research on multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria and the proteins they use to evade drugs and the immune system. Read More
Good news for sustainable textiles of the future was announced in a recent Applied and Environmental Microbiology report that described the discovery of microbial polyesterase genes. The study described the discovery and characterization of new enzymes from microbial communities associated with ... Read More
This episode: Bacteria in mosquito cells can block transmission of Zika virus!
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The TWiVsters explain how superspreader bacteriophages release intact DNA from infected cells, and the role of astrocytes in protecting the cerebellum from virus infection.
While teaching geomicrobiology to Undergraduate student i found some strange and intersting view regarding the topic.
Excerpts from the topic
"But when I came to 2nd part, explaining microorganism, this was the part which left me most confused and should I say most star... Read More
The second edition of microMOOCSEM, the massive online open microbiology course by Twitter supported by the Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM), will star on March 7. Twitter can be a weapon of mass destruction, but we are going to show again that this social network is an excellent tool for ... Read More
Vincent meets up with Catharine Bosio, Michael Merchlinsky, and Shilpa Gadwal at the ASM Biothreats meeting to talk about careers for scientists outside of the ivory tower.
Host: Vincent Racaniello
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The ASM Biothreats conference covers preparation for, handling during, and analysis of infectious disease outbreaks, and includes session on research, response, and policies on biological threats and emerging infectious diseases. Most sessions cover broad topics such as emergency preparedness, v... Read More
At the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, Vincent speaks with Vincent Munster about the work of his laboratory on MERS-coronavirus and Ebolaviruses.
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This episode: Algae growing in Arctic snow make red pigments that heat up their surroundings!
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The TWiVoids discuss the March for Science, the GOF moratorium, and a classic virology paper on mapping the gene order for vesicular stomatitis virus.
Mentoring scientific teams in a project-oriented competition, like engineers can do through the ASCE Concrete Canoe National Competition or the SAE Supermileage Competition, is rare in the microbial sciences. Mentoring a team through this experience allows scientists impart different skills than... Read More
This episode: Modifying mice's microbial communities increased mouse survival before a transplantation was rejected by their immune system!
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The sages of TWiV explain how chronic wasting disease of cervids could be caused by spontaneous misfolding of prion protein, and the role of the membrane protein Axl in Zika virus entry into cells.
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The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) hopes to prevent future outbreaks by generating, testing, and storing vaccines before outbreaks occur. How do you design a vaccine before a prevailing serotype is determined? Read More
One of the most important aspects of a new laboratory protocol is its reproducibility (as previously discussed on ASM’s Microbial Sciences blog). A protocol must produce the same results when performed by different scientists at different labs, and this is especially important when considering n... Read More