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Motility mechanism of malaria pathogens explained

How do one-celled parasites move from the salivary gland of a mosquito through a person's skin into red blood cells? What molecular mechanisms form the basis for this very important movement of the protozoa? A team of researchers headed by Dr. Friedrich Frischknecht, head of a research group at ... 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

Are two tails better than one? A look at the Acidianus two-tailed virus

Merry Youle of Small Things Considered fame has a new post on the site that looks at the Acidianus two-tailed virus.


"Why two tails? Why such long tails? The researchers note that ATV is the only virus of an acidophilic hyperthermophile known to lyse its host, albeit only under st... Read More

Microbiology, Art, and Pedagogy

In this blog entry, I discuss some recent work at the intersection of art and microbiology. I go on to show how this intersection can be useful in the classroom. Read More

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

TWiV 303: Borna this way

The TWiV team discusses transmission of Ebola virus, and inhibition of Borna disease virus replication by viral DNA in the ground squirrel genome.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Inside the Mind's Eye: Communicating Science in a New Media Era (MWV41)

Blogs, podcasts, and other new media outlets have changed the way people get their news. Immediate access to information presents new opportunities as well as challenges for science communication. Watch Carl Zimmer, science wr... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº 101: Hojas Verdes

In the Nº 101 of the "El podcast del microbio" I made a resume of the role of Wolbachiain the Plant green-island phenotype as appeared in th... Read More

60 of the World's most memorable research papers

The Royal Society, founded in London in 1660 and one of the world's oldest scientific institutions, is marking the start of its 350th year by putting 60 of its most memorable research papers online. Several of these documents include papers by Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, and even Antoni... Read More

If the Yeast Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy: The Microbiology of Beer - New Report from the American Academy of Microbiology #beer #microbiology

What do microbes have to do with beer? Everything! Because the master ingredient in beer is yeast – a microbe – and every step in the brewing process helps the yeast do its job better. A new freely-available report; "FAQ: If the Yeast Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy: The Microbiology of Beer" ex... Read More

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TWiV 320: Retroviruses and cranberries

Vincent speaks with John Coffin about his career studying retroviruses, including working with Howard Temin, endogenous retroviruses, XMRV, chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS, and his interest in growing cranberries.

Host:  Read More

Inhibition of XMRV by a weapon of mass deamination

All mammalian genomes contain genes encoding Apobec proteins. Several members of this protein family (the name stands for apolipoprotein B mRNA editing complex) are induced by interferon and are intrinsic antiretroviral proteins. Apobec proteins inhibit the replication of XMRV, a new human retro... Read More

Universal influenza vaccines

The need to re-formulate the influenza virus vaccine in response to viral antigenic drift and shift makes for complex logistics of vaccine production and administration. Surveillance programs must be conducted each year to identify strains that are likely to predominate and cause disease. Wouldn... Read More

Green Algae

The most clearly plant-like algae, this species gets its namesake hue from high levels of chlorophyll.

Their cell walls are made up of cellulose, the same material that makes up the cell walls in larger, multicellular plants. Like plants, they store the food they make through photosyn... Read More

TWiM 91 Letters

Jacob writes:
Hello hosts of TWiM and TWiV,
I'm sending this to both podcasts because I'm interested in hearing what all of you have to say (I figure that I'm going to catch Dickson on TWiV, but if not feel free to ask him on TWiP).

I saw this que... Read More

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

World Polio Day

Today, 24 October 2012, is World Polio Day:

World Polio Day (October 24) was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subseque... Read More

BacterioFiles 238 - Forcing Fungal Familiarization

This episode: Of genes that are similar in yeast and humans, almost half of the yeast versions are functional when replaced with the human version!

(7.9 MB, 8.5 minutes)

Show notes: 
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TWiP 67 letters

CN writes:

Greetings Profs,

After having listened to your discussions on Plasmodium (TWiP 64), I explored papers on treatment options that are actually available. After having read some papers, I realized that one of the main roadblocks are the hypnozoite... Read More

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