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Lab Stuff I Wish I Could Use In My Kitchen

Do you ever take a look at what you’re doing in the lab and think, “Wow, this would really come in handy at home?” Here are a few of the things I use in the lab that I would love to have in my kitchen:

1. Stir plates and stir bars would be incredibly useful for cooking those dishes that need ... Read More

TWiM 64 Letters

Tim writes:

Vincent and friends,

While driving around a field cutting hay lost in my science podcast playlist the episode of TWIM #61 came up and I had to listen intently as salmonella typhimurium came up as this is a common enteric issue in agriculture. When ... Read More

TWiP 81 letters

Allan writes:

Dear Vincent & Dickson… and Daniel,

I always enjoy listening to TWIP here in Kona, Hawaii.

Our weather today is 79ºF and clear but we have just experienced a record 25-year overnight low of 54ºF,
(FREEZING, as few of us hav... Read More

Toxoplasmosis: A T.Gondii Host-pathogen interactome

This parasite interacts with many host proteins and modifies the expression of many more genes creating an interactome with almost 3000 links. In addition it exchanges substrates and metabolites with the host, modifying many biochemical parameters. T.Gondii disrupts multiple signalling network... Read More

TWiV 233: We're surrounded

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Read More

El Podcast del microbio Nº 193 Con un poco de azúcar (A spoonful of sugar)

El podcast del Microbio Nº193 describes the mBio 2010 paper by Huang et al. about the use of β-Glucan Particles to stimulat... Read More

A Guide to Swine Flu (SciAm)

As swine influenza reaches the U.S., a guide to what you need to know and what happens next. Plus, a look at pandemics past... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº203: Antiguos eucariotas no marinos (earliest non-marine eukaryotes)

El podcast del Microbio Nº203 is dedicated to Earth’s earliest non-marine eukaryotes, a discovery published in Nature journ... Read More

Compiling a list of reporters who cover #microbiology stories well; suggestions wanted

I am attempting to compile a list of reporters who do a good job covering microbiology related topics. I have compiled a partial list and am soliciting additional suggestions. Read More

TWiV 77

Wladimir writes:

In regard to your question as to cases of known alteration of host behavior by virus that increases the rate of contact among hosts (Twiv 70), the most dramatic example is given by rabies. This extraordinary virus can convert a neurologically and behaviorally... Read More

Single-minded Mission

Viruses exist for one purpose only: to reproduce. To do that, they have to take over the reproductive machinery of suitable host cells.

Upon landing on an appropriate host cell, a virus gets its genetic material inside the cell either by tricking the host cell to pull it inside, like ... Read More

The risks and benefits of influenza H5N1 research

Both Nature and the New York Times have weighed in on the resumption of influenza H5N1 research. In an editorial from 23 January 2013, Nature opines that “Experiments that make deadly pathogens more dangerous demand the utmost scrutiny”. They call for a quantitative risk-benefit analysis of H5N1... Read More

Building Community through Public Toilets

The Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading organizations in the water and sanitation sector. In this video GWC finalist David Kuria of Ecotact Limited, a Kenyan company dedicated to bringing public toilets to an area where there were only two for 60,000 people, discusses the need... Read More

Why do we still use Sabin poliovirus vaccine?

The Sabin infectious, attenuated poliovirus vaccines are known to cause vaccine-associated paralysis in a small number of recipients. In contrast, the Salk inactivated vaccine does not cause poliomyelitis. Why are the Sabin vaccines still used globally? The answer to this question requires a bri... Read More

The Great Epidemic - American Chestnut Blight

Merry Youle of Small Things Considered has a new post about the history of American chestnut blight and the scientific efforts to restock North America with these stately giants through the introduction of biological control agents or with more traditional plant breeding techniques.

Click so... 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

Development of an HIV-1 Specific Microbicide Using Caulobacter crescentus

A recent paper published in PLoS One looks at the strategy of manipulating surface proteins on the aquatic bacterium, Caulobacter crescentus, to prevent HIV infection.


The development of alternative strategies to prevent HIV infection is a global public health priority. Initial e... Read More

TWiV 284: By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes

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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

BacterioFiles 214 - Cable-Chlorophyte Coop Conducts Current

This episode: Cable bacteria and algae set up electric grid in sediments!

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