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TWiM 65 Letters

Alexandra writes:


Dear TWIM-ers,


When I began listening to TWIV almost a year ago, I had just switched majors from philosophy to biology. I am now writing to you good people at TWIM at the end of my first undergraduate summer research gig, where I have had qui... Read More

Everyday Roles

Some people think it would be great if scientists could wipe out all the microbial bugs! Should we do it, and why or why not?


We get a lot of requests to track down the nasty bugs that are making people sick. It's true that some microbes cause health problems such as strep throat, chi... Read More

Viruses of protozoan parasites may exacerbate human disease

Many protozoan parasites (Trichomonas, Leishmania, Giardia, Plasmodium, Entamoeba, Nagleria, Eimeria, Cryptosporidium) are infected with viruses. These viruses do not infect vertebrates, but their double-stranded RNA genomes are sensed by the innate immune system, leading to inflammatory complic... Read More

TWiV 118: The virus always rings twice

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

Glass microbes

I am always looking for microbe-themed art; I keep a list of my findings at Microbe Art. I’ve just discovered a new artist: Jane Hartman of Trilobite Glassworks. From her website: Trilobite Glassworks features stained glass and fused glass decorative as well as functional pieces all designed and... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 148 - Engineered Escherichia Enzyme Enhances Environmentalism

This episode: Engineered bacteria could help capture CO2 and convert it into a solid form for storage!


(7.3 MB, 8 minutes)


E. coli engineered to produce the enzyme carbonic anhydrase, which converts carbon dioxide to bicarbonate and then to calcium carbonate,... Read More

BacterioFiles 163 - Pseudomyrmex Sidekicks Stop Sprout Sickness

This episode: Ants teaming with bacteria help defend plants from bacterial pathogens!


(9.4 MB, 10.2 minutes)


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TWiV 262: Wrong form, right professor

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Host: Vincent Racaniello


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TWiM #96: A lean, mean sequencing machine

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello


Special guest: Rob Knight


Vincent meets up with Rob Knight to talk about the technology that has... Read More

How lethal is rabies virus?

When I am asked to name the most lethal human virus, I never hesitate to name rabies virus. Infection with this virus is almost invariably fatal; just three unvaccinated individuals have been known to survive. New evidence from humans in the Peruvian Amazon suggests that the virus might be less ... Read More

TWiP 69 letters


Richard writes:


Hi Vincent and Dickson,


I enjoy TWIP, and often recommend it to my students. I'm a parasitologist, primarily a Leishmaniac, but I have learnt a lot from TWIP. I find it both more educational and entertaining than Car Talk.


The disc... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 149 - Psychrobacter Survives Siberian Schisms

This episode: Cold-loving bacteria can repair surprising amounts of DNA damage even sub-zero temperatures!


(9.1 MB, 9.9 minutes)


Bacteria isolated from the Siberian arctic permafrost are exposed to a lot of radiation over thousands of years, but somehow they are able to repair... Read More

TWiV 239: Filterable camels

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Read More

TWiV 246: Pandora, pandemics, and privacy

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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 150 - Morels Make Mycelial Motorways

This episode: Bacteria use fungal filaments like highways to swim through soil!


(7.7 MB, 8.3 minutes)


Show notes: 
Journal Paper


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PolygenicBlog: Bugs and genes

This is a blog that tries to address the relationships between genes and environmental risk factors , particularly viruses, bacteria and parasites, in some common diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Bipolar disorder, multiple sclerosis, Schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease and also provide... Read More

Bacterial Cells Engineered to Blink in Synch

Fluorescence-tagged Escherichia coli cells can be made to "blink" in unison by means of a constructed network of genes and proteins that coordinates oscillations within the growing cell population, according to Jeff Hasty and colleagues from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in La J... Read More

TWiM #94: Nitrochondria

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

New Twitter-like Service for Scientists Launched

A new Twitter-FaceBook-FriendFeed-like site called Sciencefeed allows users to post short messages around on scientific-related content, including news headlines, new findings, metings, events and ideas. Just lke Twit... Read More

It Came From Outer Space: Hyperthermophiles

Hyperthermophiles are microorganisms that can live in extremely hot conditions. Instead of photosynthesis, these organisms perform chemosynthesis to produce energy. Click "source" above to watch the Learning Channel's "It Came From Outer Space: Hyperthermophiles". Read More
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