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The Invention of PCR

Few technical breakthroughs have changed the face of their field like the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Gene cloning, sequencing of complex genomes, DNA fingerprinting and DNA-based diagnostics are just some of the techniques that were either inefficient, crude or plain impossible before PCR.... Read More

TWiP 72 letters


Robin writes:


plethora (n.)


1540s, a medical word for "excess of body fluid," from Late Latin plethora, from Greek plethore "fullness," from plethein "be full" (see pleio-). Figurative meaning "too-muchness, overfullness in any respect" i... Read More

Notable Bacteria



  • Bacillus anthracis causes anthrax, a deadly disease in cattle and a potential bioweapon against humans




  • .Brucella abortus causes breeding losses in livestock.




  • Cyanobacteria (formerly known as blue-green algae) live in water, where they prod... Read More

Museum pelts help date the koala retrovirus

The genomes of most higher organisms contain sequences from retroviral genomes called endogenous retroviruses (ERVs). These are DNA copies of retroviral RNAs that are integrated into the germ line DNA of the host, and passed from parent to offspring. In most species the infections that lead to g... Read More

TWiV 221: Bunya there, done that



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 195. Vida en Atacama (Life in Atacama desert)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº195 summarize the article by Wierzchos et al published in Geobiology about the microorganisms tha... Read More

TWiV 195 Letters

[we began be re-reading part of Deena's email from TWiV 193]


Ben writes:


Hello TWIV Crew,


I must first ap... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 31 - Bacterial Biofertilizer

This episode: Bacteria as fertilizer!




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A new virology course at Columbia University

Tomorrow is the start of my new virology course at Columbia University. The course, Biology W3310, is aimed at advanced undergraduates and will be taught at the Morningside Campus of Columbia University. Read More

The Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education 2013 - David Bhella, Ph.D.

David Bhella, Ph.D., MRC Centre for Virus Research, accepts the Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education, awarded annually by the Society for General Microbiology for an outstanding contribution to microbiology education. Read More

ASM's State of the Society 2012 Address by Dr. David Hooper

On Monday, June 18, 2012, then ASM President Dr. David Hooper gave the annual State of the Society Address to attendees at the 2012 ASM General Meeting in San Francisco, California, outlining the achievements of the Society over the past year. Click below to watch the archived video of this eve... Read More

TWiV 246: Pandora, pandemics, and privacy



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, ... Read More

Use of a Class 1 Safety Cabinet (video)

This video shows you how a Class 1 microbiological safety cabinet works. Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 24 - Ant-Associated Actinomycetes

This episode: Bacteria help ants keep parasites out of their fungal gardens!




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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 107 - Delfina Urbina

Uno de los patógenos más importantes en América Latina y seguramente el mundo entero, el rotavirus, es discutido en este episodio de La Radio El Mundo de los Microbios. La Prof. Delfina Urbina, con una larga trayectoria en diferentes áreas de la Microbiología nos visita hoy. Fué Profesora Tit... Read More

TWiV 239: Filterable camels



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, ... Read More

HIV cure could be all in the 'mix'

Current HIV treatments do not eradicate HIV from host cells but rather inhibit virus replication and delay the onset of AIDS. However, a new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, AIDS Research & Therapy describes an innovative approach to eliminate HIV in host by targeted ... Read More

Do We Need a Climate Solution for Indoors?

We typically spend close to 90 percent of our time inside - at school, work and home. While outdoor air quality is very important, so too is the quality of the air we breathe at home and the office. Yet most of us know very little about the condition of our indoor climate.  The chemicals ... Read More

TWiV 191: When two rights make a wrong



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, ... Read More

BacterioFiles 169 - Microbes Meddle with Mesophilic Malaria

This episode: Ambient temperature seems to affect how much insect bacteria can interfere with transmission of malaria!


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