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Human infections with influenza H5N1 virus: How many?

The lethality of avian influenza H5N1 infections in humans has been a matter of extensive debate. The >50% case fatality rate established by WHO is high, but the lethality of the virus might be lower if there are many infections accompanied by mild or no disease. One way to answer this question ... Read More

New Diagnostic Fast and Effective at Finding TB in Elephants: Benefits for Pachyderms and Public Health

A serological test is highly accurate at finding tuberculosis infection in elephants, and can determine such infection years before culture, according to a study in the August Clinical and Vaccine Immunology (click source to download the .pdf of the journal article). The issue is critical not on... Read More

How to Make a Decision: Advice for Scientists

Which grad school should you go to?… should you take that new job?… should you quit your current job?… should you stay in science?… should you get married, go for a run, eat that chocolate bar?…..

You have a multitude of decisions to make in your life. But now you are facing a particularly im... Read More

TWiV 240: Virology in Vermont



Host: Vincent Racaniello


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Immunization Week 2011

In 2011, for the first time, countries across the WHO regions of Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and the Western Pacific are taking part in simultaneous immunization weeks. This unprecedented collaborated effort between the regions is building public and professional awareness of... Read More

TWiV 220: Flu watches the clock while T7 gets a CAT scan



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler


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"El podcast del Microbio" Nº 125. Human Microbiome

The Nº 125 of "El podcast del microbio" is dedicated to the Human Microbiome. "El podcast del microbio" Nº 125 está dedicado al microbioma humano. {mp3remote}http://radio.umh.es/programacion/2010-2011/Programa%20Ciencia%20Tu,%20yo%20y%20los%20microbios/171110%20Programa%20TU,%20YO%20Y%20LOS%20MI... Read More

CDC: Swine Flu & You

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the pa... Read More

Medical University of South Carolina Swine Flu Resources

MUSC has put together a nice page of Swine Flu related resources and FAQs. Read More

Thirty years in my laboratory at Columbia University

Thirty years ago this month I arrived in the Department of Microbiology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) to start my own laboratory. Thirty is not only a multiple of ten (which we tend to celebrate), but also a long time to be at one place. It’s clearly time to r... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 17 - Radical Radiation Resistance

This episode: Using bacteria to recover precious metals like palladium!




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TWiV 253: I don't know anything about sorghum



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

TWiM 54 Letters

Jacob writes:


Hi all,

Saw this media release from the Australian Institute of Marine Science about researchers isolating a combination of probiotic bacteria to assist in the prevention of Vibrio infections of spiny lobsters in aquaculture and thought of TW... Read More

TWiV 64: Ten virology stories of 2009



On episode #64 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss ten compelling virology stories of 2009.


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TWiP 53 Letters

John writes:


Dear Vincent and Dickson,


I just heard your most recent TWIP. Please keep these podcasts going! I love listening to your podcasts and hearing your enthusiasm for my favorite biological topic, parasites. Remember that for every fan... Read More

Sanctuary chimps show high rates of drug-resistant staph

Chimpanzees from African sanctuaries carry drug-resistant, human-associated strains of the bacteria Staphlyococcus aureus, a pathogen that the infected chimpanzees could spread to endangered wild ape populations if they were reintroduced to their natural habitat, a new study shows.

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Evolution of a DNA Sequence Over Time

One of the basic requirements of evolution is variation in a population upon which selection can act. One of the sources of variation is mutation in DNA. These changes may or may not be reflected in the ensuing amino acid sequence of a protein. This exercise explores the additive effects of m... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 30 - Successful Synthetic Sequences

This episode: Artificial proteins actually function in bacteria!




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Online registration is now open for the 3rd ASM Conference on Enterococci

Online registration for the 3rd ASM Conference on Enterococci, July 30 - August 2, 2010, in Portland, Oregon, is now open.

Session topics include:

*Genomics and Molecular Biology
*Pathogenicity
*Antibiotic Therapy and Resistance
*Bacteriocins
*Plasmids and Horizontal Transfer
*Epidem... Read More

Molecular Biology Animation by VIB

A detailed animation from VIB, Flanders Institute for Biotechnology, a nonprofit research institute conducting pioneering research in the life sciences. More than 1000 scientists explore the molecular mechanisms responsible for the functioning of the human body, plants and microorganisms. Read More

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