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TWiV 360: From Southeastern Michigan

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler


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Milking Algae to Produce Biofuel

Researchers from Canada and India have published a thorough paper in the American Chemical Society’s bi-monthly journal Industrial Engineering & Chemical Research on various approaches, challenges and benefits of “milking” oil from single-cell algae known as diatoms.

"In this communication, ... Read More

The Fungus Detective - Robert Blanchette goes to extremes to solve microscopic mysteries

A profile of Robert Blanchette, professor of plant pathology at the University of Minnesota, and his interesting work on fungi and the degradation archaeological wood. Read More

Superbug, Be Gone

A short documentary by Daniel Vasquez about a new strategy of combating antibiotic resistance. Read More

“I Can’t Live Without You!” A Close-up Examination of Microorganisms Involved in Mutually Beneficial Symbiotic Relationships

In this activity, students learn about mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships that exist between
microbes and other microbes, plants, and animals, prepare samples for microscopic observation from a
termite hindgut, a lichen, and a legume root nodule, and use a microscope to observe and id... Read More

Poliovirus vaccine safety

The contamination of the rotavirus vaccine Rotarix with porcine circovirus 1 DNA was revealed by deep sequencing. The same technique was also used to demonstrate that oral poliovirus vaccine does not contain viruses that can cause poliomyelitis. Read More

Audio interview with Jeffrey Brinker--A Quorum of One: Solitary Bacterial Cell Does Its Own Sensing

Materials scientist Jeffrey Brinker and his collaborators at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., have confined individual Staphylococcus aureus cells in vessels that consist of porous silica nanostructures. These structures isolate the cells physically and chemically from other cell... Read More

BacterioFiles 243 - Fungal Friends Facilitate Phytoextraction (feat. Cat Adams)

This episode: A conversation with Cat Adams about how fungi help plants clean up toxic zinc nanoparticles in soil!


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TWiM 111 Letters


Noah writes:


Dear Dr. Schaechter,


First off, I want to thank you for the effort you and your colleagues have invested in Small Things Considered and the podcast TWIM.  Back when I had a longer commute to work, I listened more religiously than now, wh... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 56 - Cells Survive Synthetic Substitution

This episode: Evolving bacteria to use a synthetic base in its DNA!


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TWiV 214: This is your brain on polyomavirus

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Read More

The Alaska Ocean Blob Mystery Revealed - It's an Algal Bloom

Several media outlets from Time Magazine to local Alaska papers have confirmed that the 15 mile long organic blob floating in the Chukchi Sea, the waters between Alaska and Siberia, is indeed an algal bloom. But how com... Read More

TWiV 291: Ft. Collins abuzz with virologists

Vincent, Rich, and Kathy and their guests Clodagh and Ron recorded this episode at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Society for Virology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.


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An antiviral for enveloped viruses

Broad spectrum antibiotics are available that act against a wide range of bacteria, including both gram-positive and gram-negative species. In contrast, our antiviral arsenal is exceedingly specific. Nearly all the known antivirals block infection with one or two different viruses. The discovery... Read More

TWiV 366: Doctorates down under

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Guests: Carla Giles, Zoe Dyson, Brianna McLean, and Caitlin O'Brien


In Melbourne, Australia, Vincent speaks with four PhD students about their research projects and what... Read More

BacterioFiles 217 - Fungus Fortifies Fly Food

This episode: Fruit flies have microbes that help them get more nutrition out of low-quality food!


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Teleconference--CLSI 2011 Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Update

Teleconference from CLSI and APHL. Each January, CLSI updates standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing. It is important for clinical laboratories to incorporate the new recommendations into routine practice to optimize detection and reporting of antimicrobial resistance. In January 201... Read More

TWiV 108 Letters

Zephyr writes:

Hello everyone, dear doctors Racaniello, Despommier, Alan Dove and Rich Condit,


I've been a devoted listener since April 2009. Like many others listeners then I quickly caught up with all previous episodes (I'll never forget that memorable one devoted ... Read More

Welcome to Extreme Biology! Violin-making and fungi

Welcome to Ms. Baker and her biology students extreme biology blog! This is perhaps one of the best high school student blogs I have ever seen.

In Extreme Biology, students post about "anything biology-related." Check out the post by Amy Ciardiello, a 9th grade violinist, who writes about "v... Read More

TWiV 224: A wide receiver and a natural defense

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Read More

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