A new post on Small Things Considered by S. Marvin Friedman, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at Hunter College of CUNY in New York City, discuses a recent paper in Nature, "A draft genome of Yersinia pestis from victims of the Black Death," that suggests comparisons o... Read More
I hear from many readers that they routinely get the flu vaccine every year, yet they often contract the disease. I usually tell them that the vaccine is not perfect: it doesn’t protect everyone who gets it. Now we have the numbers to back up this statement, and they are not pretty.
Dear Professor Racaniello,
I have just seen some of the ridiculous comments regarding the picture which was posted on your TWiV website.
I have had CFS for over 16 years. I am a very firm believer in scientific method and... Read More
This episode: Bacteria may help pandas be herbivorous!
The Virtual Museum of Bacteria is a website that presents curated links about bacteria, embedded in informative articles. The website is up and running since 1998, making it one of the oldest websites on the internet. The texts are kept simple, though the collected links vary from simple to adva... Read More
In my recent keynote address to the Brazilian Virology Society entitled The World of Viruses, I presented my list of ten seminal virologists. The idea to include such a discussion came from David Baltimore, who sent me his list. Our lists had some but not all individuals in common. What would yo... Read More
To the TWiVerati Intelligencia,
Each week you begin your show with the tagline, "This Week in Virology: The podcast about viruses, the kind that make you sick."
I recognize that viruses have been responsible for some of the biggest epidemic... Read More
This episode: Sending secret messages with glowing bacteria!
I was honored to present the Keynote Address at the XXII meeting of the Brazilian Virology Society on 23 October 2011. In my talk entitled The World of Viruses, given to an audience of 640 virologists, I shared my enthusiasm for these amazing microbes by discussing ten seminal virologists and te... Read More
The figure for the number of prokaryotic cells on the planet, roughly 5x1030, is considerably greater than that of the estimated number of stars in the firmaments (3x1023). These two numbers have one thing in common: they both grew hugely and rather suddenly in recent human history.
Click "s... Read More
I just finished listening to TWiV 152, in which you spent quite some time discussing the death of Steve Jobs the past week. Though this mention is certainly well-deserved, I thought it was an oversight not to make any mention of the outstanding immunol... Read More
This episode: Bacteria and salt water combine forces to produce hydrogen gas for fuel!
Are there environments where there are abundant bacteria and no phages? Sounds like one of our Talmudic Questions, but this one has a specific answer, and that answer is Yes. That environment was found within a cystic fibrosis (CF) lung.
This story comes from a pair of papers recently publish... Read More
Vincent and Dickson discuss t... Read More
Hi Dr.'s Racaniello and Despommier,
After listening to your podcast on Onchocerca volvulus I decided to contact you in hopes of enlisting your expertise. I am a PhD student of biology at Northern Arizona University and while my research is ... Read More