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Some general tips for how to keep up w/ American Society for Microbiology Mtg #ASM2011

A blog post discussing some ways to keep track of what is going on at the ASM General meeting. Read More

Clinical Trials for Beginners

Judy Stone, MD, an infectious disease specialist experienced in conducting clinical research, is the author of an upcoming series of blog posts about the ABC's of clinical trials. In the first post she tackles the origin of clinical trials in which she highlights the history of many famous micro... Read More

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David writes (re lice and iron):

All I remember that I know is that one time I let my cat endure a heavy flea infestation for an unconscionably long time. I redeemed myself, if at all, by the knowledge that I slept with her a lot, and so endured a share myself (b... Read More

TWiV 319: Breaking breakbone

The TWiVers review the outcomes of two recent phase 3 clinical trials of a quadrivalent dengue virus vaccine in Asia and Latin America.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

TWiV 70: Hacking aphid behavior

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On episode #70 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, and Alan consider a broad spectrum antiviral against enveloped viruses, how a plant virus induces chemical signals in the host ... Read More

TWiV 289: Vinny and the capsids

Vinny and the capsids answer listener questions about the definition of life, state vaccination laws, the basic science funding problem, viral ecology, inactivation of viruses by pressure, and much more.

Hosts:  Read More

Group A streptococcal infections during the seasonal influenza outbreak 2010/11 in South East England

On 10 January 2011, the United Kingdom (UK) Chief Medical Officer issued a statement advising primary and secondary care doctors to remain vigilant to the possibility of severe bacterial co-infection in patients with influenza [1], because preliminary data indicated an increase in bacterial dise... Read More

Beer consumption increases human attractiveness to malaria mosquitoes

A recent paper published in PLoS One looks at the relationship between alcohol consumption and Anopheles gambiae (the primary African malaria vector).

Malaria and alcohol consumption both represent major public health problems. Alcohol consumption is rising in developing countrie... Read More

See Our Survey (2003)

Our survey: PowerPoint Show Format

If you have Microsoft’s PowerPoint, you can download our 17-image slide show.

Note: controls will appear in the lower left corner of your monitor. You may also use your arrow keys to move forward and back... Read More

Animal breeders and suppliers of food rats may increase spread of Cowpox

German researchers suspect that a recent increase in human Cowpox infections in Germany may be spread through the handling of food rats (rodents used for feeding pets or zoo animals) and a decrease in small pox vaccinations among the general public in a PLoS One paper entitled "Cowpox Virus Outb... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 182: Probióticos contra Helicobacter (Probiotics against Helicobacter)

El podcast del Microbio Nº182 resumes the paper by Chenoll et al. published in Applied and Enviroenmental Microbiology that... Read More

Complex Microbial Community Structure in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Airways as Revealed by 16S rRNA PhyloChip

This poster, presented at the 109th ASM general meeting demonstrates the relationship between clinical measures of cystic fibrosis, a common and serious genetic disease, with the microbial ecology of bacteria that colonise the airways of these patients. The technique used to characterise the mi... Read More

TWiV 299: Rocky Mountain virology

Vincent visits the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana and speaks with Marshall, Sonja, and Byron about their work on tick-born flaviviruses, innate immunity, and prion diseases.

Host: Vincent ... Read More

How They’re Different

Although many archaea have tough outer cell walls, these walls contain different kinds of amino acids and sugars than those found in bacteria. Archaeal cell membranes also are chemically distinct from bacterial membranes with differing lipid structures and chemical links. This means that drug... Read More

TWiV 312: She sells B cells

The TWiVbolans discuss the finding that human noroviruses, major causes of gastroenteritis, can for the first time be propagated in B cell cultures, with the help of enteric bacteria.

Hosts:  Read More

TWiV 314: Einstein goes viral

Vincent travels to Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he speaks with Kartik, Ganjam, and Margaret about their work on Ebolavirus entry, a tumor suppressor that binds the HIV-1 integrase, and the entry of togaviruses and flaviviruses into cells.

Host:  Read More

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Allan writes:

Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,

I like your idea of a TWIP coffee mug prize (or maybe a mug discount).

In this second case study you presented, the present symptoms are pretty vague, but his history is interesting. Also since with ... Read More

The Walking Dead offers teachable moment about antivirals vs antibacterials

If you teach students about viruses and bacteria, recent episodes of The Walking Dead have been using the term "antibiotic" to stand for antivirals. Since students are probably watching the show, it might be a good time to highlight the mistake. I summarized the issues at the associated URL (ht... Read More

Tales of Death

Merry Youle of Small Things Considered looks at several bacteria that have borrowed "tail-like particles" from phages and fashioned from it a targeted bacterial killer for their own use.


"These efficient killers are indeed related to phage. One gene cluster in the P. aeruginosa PA... Read More

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Jesse writes:

Doctors TWiP,

I came across this paper and thought it sounded interesting for a discussion on TWiP:

Colonisation resistance in the sand fly gut: Leishmania protects Lutzomyia longipalpis from bacterial infection
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