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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 87 - Fermenter Fixes Folate Faults

This episode: Probiotics could help prevent folate deficiency!



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TWiV 182: One flu over the ferrets' nest

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TWiV 182 Letters

Joe writes:


Vince, here is the text of my post on Peter S site. I was disappointed in the quality of his article as I have much previous experience with his work and see him as the "David Baltimore of Risk Communication". If you could get him on as a guest you would e... Read More

What Happened to Our Friendly Enterococci?

Enterococci had been generally regarded as benign commensals, a part of our healthy intestinal microbiota. They were even invited in, being used as probiotics. But then, in the late 1970s, the first multiple drug-resistant strains appeared, and vancomycin-resistant strains followed in 1981. In r... Read More

Kawaoka paper published on aerosol transmission of H5 influenza virus in ferrets

One of two papers on avian influenza H5N1 virus that caused such a furor in the past six months was published today in the journal Nature. I have read it, and I can assure you that the results do not enable the construction of a deadly biological weapon. Instead, they illuminate important requir... Read More

Earth’s virology professor

Nearly four months ago I stood at the front of a crowded classroom at Columbia University and began teaching the third year of my undergraduate virology course. Twice a week we discussed the basic principles of virology, including how virions are built, how they replicate, and how they cause dis... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 86 - Bacteria Boost Beta Business

This episode: Engineered bacteria help reverse type 1 diabetes in mice!



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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 97

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Tapetes microbianos, y observatorios microbianos: la entrevista de hoy la hacemos a la Dra. Lilliam Casillas de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Campus de Humaca... Read More

TWiV 181: ORFan poxviruses and nIRFing prions

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TWiV 181 Letters

Spencer writes:


I would like to propose the book:


Netter's Infectious Diseases, 1e as a lis... Read More

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

TWiP 39: I encyst, said the amoeba

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


Vincent and Dickson review th... Read More

TWiP 39 Letters

Rebecca writes:


Thanks for the podcast! I wanted to add a quick note about diagnosing trich: As a cytotechnologist, I diagnose trich on pap smears daily. I imagine this is how a lot of ladies find out they are infected.


Peter writes:


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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 85 - Pathogen Partitions Parasitoid Populations

This episode: A virus influences the competition between two species of parasitoid wasp!



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TWiV 180: Throwing IFIT at flu and holding a miR to HCV

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TWiV 180 Letters

Rohit writes:


Hi Dr Racaniello,


I am a long time listener of TWIV and really enjoy the informal scientific discussions. I listen to TWIV while working in the lab and am trying to catch up on TWIM and TWIP episodes too.


I have been dill... Read More

Capturing viruses with bacteria

When my laboratory discovered the cell receptor for poliovirus in 1989, many new research directions were suddenly revealed – such as creating a mouse model for poliomyelitis. One application we did not think of was to use the receptor to screen samples of drinking water for the presence of viru... Read More

You and Your Ten Thousand Trillion Microbes

For every human cell in your body, there are hundreds or thousands of bacterial cells. So who is hosting whom? Even though our on-board microbial hordes—known also as our microbiome—sometimes threaten and deprive us of our health and our lives, they are central to our survival and our daily well... Read More

TWiM #31: Screen door on a submarine

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TWiM 31 Letters

Peter writes:

Dear TWiM Team


A fascinating article from New Scientist this week.


Standard medical teaching is that the foetus is sterile and that the microbiome only begins to develop post natal.


New research from Spain indicates that the microbiome s... Read More

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