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Home Food Safety Mythbusters

Fightbac.org, the website of the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), has created some fun resources around common home food safety myths for educators and organizations to distribute, and they are allowing groups to add their own logos to them. In addition to the educators kit and down... Read More

Futures in Biotech 56: RNA viruses and more

Vincent Racaniello, host of This Week in Virology, appears in the latest episode of Futures in Biotech with Marc Pelletier.

With a focus on RNA viruses, Vincent and and Marc are joined by Stanford University School of Medicine Professor Karla Kirkegaard and discuss where RNA viruses came from... Read More

Protected by Ice, RNA Could Generate, Evolve Into Life

Abstract - A crucial transition in the origin of life was the emergence of an informational polymer capable of self-replication and its compartmentalization within protocellular structures. We show that the physicochemical properties of ice, a simple medium widespread on a temperate early Earth,... Read More

Claire Fraser-Liggett on “Complex microbial communities: We’re not in Kansas anymore”

Claire Fraser-Liggett, Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, gives the June 2, 2010 keynote at the "Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future" meeting in Santa Fe, NM. Read More

SketchyMicro teaches Klebsiella, Serratia and Enterobacter in a really memorable way!

SketchyMicro is a unique and effective way to learn high-yield medical microbiology for the USMLE Step 1.

They take all of the microorganisms, infectious diseases, and random facts that you need to memorize for USMLE Step 1, and weave them into easy-to-remember sketches.

They narrate as th... Read More

TWiV 261: Giants among viruses

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and James Van Etten Read More

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 22-28

ASM is a supporter of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and is providing three simple suggestions to enhance your Lab Week experience.


Inform friends/family about tests you perform - Read More

TWiM 61 Letters

Nate writes:


Hi my name is Nate. I am a senior in high school aspiring to become a microbiologist. I heard about this podcast through a class I took on biotechnology and have been listening for about 2 months. I really enjoy it and the other two shows... Read More

BacterioFiles 168 - Plentiful Plant Pathogen Partners

This episode: Multiple different fungi kill insects and give their nutrients to plant partners!


(8.3 MB, 9 minutes)


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TWiV 191 Letters

Russ writes:


Hi Vince and the TWiV crew


I love the podcast. It keeps me in touch with lots of basic research in virology which I would otherwise miss.


I do pediatric infectious diseases and you can imagine how much time we spend dealin... Read More

Nature launches iPhone app

Nature magazine has just launched an iPhone application. It's essentially an eBook reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch that gives all access to Nature and Nature News content as it is published for free until April 30th when presumably they will start charging. It's available in the app store n... Read More

TWiV 248: TWiP infects TWiV



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Rich Condit


Vincent, Dic... Read More

Put Your Hands Together

Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands. From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spre... Read More

Seth Berkley: HIV and flu - the vaccine strategy

Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 144 - Copper Chelator Calms Quicksilver

This episode: Bacteria could reduce mercury's toxicity in their environment!


(6.5 MB, 7 minutes)


Methanotrophs (bacteria that use methane for their carbon and energy) secrete siderophore-like compounds that are usually used to chelate copper and make it more bioavailable, but ... Read More

Boost for Efforts to Prevent Microbial Stowaways on Interplanetary Spacecraft

Efforts to expunge micro-organisms from spacecraft assembly cleanrooms, and the spacecraft themselves, inadvertently select for the organisms that are often the most fit to survive long journeys in space. This has the risk of thwarting the goal of avoiding contaminating other celestial bodies, a... Read More

TWiV 107: Warning - this virus contains email



On episode #107 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Rich answer listener questions about poliovirus, social media, dengue, influenza, evolution, gel filtration, and much more. Read More

TWiP 49 Letters

Jim writes:


Professors, you've discussed this idea before, but I thought you'd enjoy this nice summary from Nature:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v491/n7423/... Read More

TWiV 227: Lacks security and bad poultry



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TWiP 68 letters


Tim writes:


I listened to the latest TWIP this morning. Dickson mentioned the herbicide atrazine but thought it was a fungicide. It is actually a herbicide in the photosynthesis inhibitor class. Another bit of trivia about ag chemicals is that old chemicals like ... Read More

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