The Judges' Choice for The Scientist magazine's 2011 Labby Multimedia Awards is this cute video on how microbes are essential for snow formation.
Dear Vincent and gang,
A couple of times you've mentioned pro-biotic bacteria foods. As an ignorant layman, I wonder i... Read More
The bacteria in our intestines outnumber by tenfold the 100 trillion cells that comprise the human body. This gut microbiota has many beneficial functions, including the production of vitamins and hormones, fermentation, regulation of gut development, and shaping intestinal immune responses. The... Read More
This online “personality quiz” helps young learners understand the unconventional concept that most micro-organisms are beneficial; only a fraction are harmful. This activity matches the quiz-taker with the microbe that most closely reflects his or her personality. At the end of the quiz, studen... Read More
It has been over 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin’s landmark book based on his observations of animals in the Galapagos Islands. The two core principles he described in his work, descent with modification and natural selection, have helped us understand... Read More
Dear TWiV hosts,
I recently came across a website that I think would be perfect for a pick of the week. It is called Scitable and is produced by the nature publishing group. It is a free to access science library currently focusing on cell biology... Read More
This episode: Attacking cancer using an HIV-related virus!
El Dr. Raul Cano es Profesor Emérito de la Universidad Politécnica del Estado de California en San Luis Obispo, dondetambién ocupa la posición de UNOCAL Chair for Environmental Studies y e... Read More
First and foremost, this and the podcast of the virology course lectures available on iTunes is a gift to the public. I am applying to medical school and I appreciate the material on a topic I did not have time to take but have had a long standing int... Read More
This episode: Attacking HIV using a related virus!
I just returned from a 17-day, 3,000 km road trip with my family in Europe. When I travel I’m always on the lookout for virus-related information and I found some at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. This museum showcases science and technology – it has over 100,000 objects illustrating t... Read More
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
Vincent and Dickson converse with Peter Hotez about global health, vaccinology, and neglected tropical diseases.
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This episode: Bacteria could help plants clean up heavy metal-contaminated soils!
Jeff Fox of Microbe magazine interviews Dylan Pillai of the University of Toronto on how genomic analysis is used by epidemiologists and clinical microbiologists to reconstruct bacterial disease outbreaks or analyze difficult individual cases Read More
Would you like to read a concise and well-written review about how genomics has influenced our understanding of infectious diseases? Click "source" above for a satisfying account by David Relman, one of the leading contributors to this field.
After summarizing the dizzying accelerating pace a... Read More