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TWiM 103 Letters

Bailey writes:

Hey Vincent, Elio, Michele and Michael!

I'm a first year microbiology graduate student at UC Berkeley and an avid listener of twim. Elio's snippet from the most recent podcast reminded me of a personal anecdote that might be useful to share with... Read More

How to Catch a Cold - A 1951 Walt Disney/Kleenex Production

A rare educational Disney animated short film from 1951 with a character called Common Sense who warns about the dangers of the common cold. Read More

TWiV 309: Ebola email

The TWiVocytes answer questions about Ebola virus, including mode of transmission, quarantine, incubation period, immunity, and much more.

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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 85

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Los ciclos de vida de los hongos son bastante complejas, con algunos que tienen fases sexuales, otros asexuales, y otros, ambas; y para complicar las cosas, las fases pueden llevar nombres... Read More

Helicobacter Pylori: Bacteria Cause Cancer.

Dr. Nina Salama, microbiologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Affiliate Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington discusses Helicobacter pylori, a bacterira that lives in the human stomach and causes chronic disease (peptic ulcer and gastric cancer).

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First West Nile virus infections confirmed in humans in Greece

Between early July and 22 August 2010, 81 cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease were reported in the region of Central Macedonia, northern Greece. The median age of cases was 70 years. Encephalitis, meningoencephalitis or aseptic meningitis occurred mainly in patients aged 50 years or older. ... Read More

Colony Collapse Disorder: A Descriptive Study

A recent study published earlier this week from Washington State University suggests Nosema ceranae, a unicellular parasite, and pesticides embedded in old honeycombs are two major contributors to the bee disease known as colony collapse disorder. Now, the first descriptive epizootiological surv... Read More

TWiM 89 Letters

Peter writes:

Dear Michele,

Prof. Szybalski might have been referring to a truck with a wood gas generator

Apparently they are still in use north of the b... Read More

Archaea of Note

  • Lobus fulgidus is a sulfur-reducer that can sour oil wells.

  • Halobacteria are salt-loving microbes that give a pink tinge to salt water evaporation ponds, the Dead Sea and salted fish.

  • Pyrolobus fumarii led scientists to extend the upper te... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 198. Día de la OMS (WHO day)

El podcast del Microbio Nº198: is dedicated to WHO day and the problem of antibiotic resistance. El podcast del Microbio Nº... Read More

Bioinformatics Insight (Video)

Introduction to bioinformatics with Dr. Steve Jones, Head, Bioinformatics, Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency. Read More

How We Tell The Good Bacteria From The Bad

Recently, Yale’s Richard Flavell led a team of researchers into the most talked about and yet one of the least understood of microbial environments—the human gut. Rather than present the usual metagenomic characterization of the microbial population, he teamed up with Jeff Gordon at Washington U... Read More

TWiV 325: Wildcats go viral

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Rollie Clem and Lorena Passarelli

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TWiV 332: Vanderbilt virology

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Seth BordensteinJames Crowe... Read More

TWiV 270: Homeland virology

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TWiM 86 Letters


Suzanne writes (re Aphids):

The best way to get rid of aphids in the garden (the ants in my yard love to herd them onto my okra) is a sharp stream of water from the hose. Aphids wash right off! They don't tend to come back right away, either.

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Addressing Biosecurity Concerns Related to the Synthesis of Select Agents

DNA synthesis technology, in combination with other rapidly-evolving capabilities in the life sciences, such as directed molecular evolution and viral reverse genetics, has galvanized segments of the scientific community.1 It also has captured the attention of the general public and policymaker... Read More

Should variola virus, the agent of smallpox, be destroyed?

Later this month (May 2014) the World Health Assembly will decide whether to destroy the remaining stocks of variola virus – the agent of smallpox – or to allow continued research on the virus at WHO-approved laboratories. We are interested in your opinion on this issue. Please follow the link t... Read More

Shelves and mentors

When I became Peter Palese’s first Ph.D. student in 1976, his laboratory at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City was in dire need of shelves. The laboratory benches (pictured) had no room for storing the many bottles of reagents that I was beginning to generate. Read More

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Björn writes: (first letter to TWiP)

Hi Dick and Vincent,

My name is Björn. I am a biochemist and PhD student working on trypanosomes here in Germany. I am a long time listener of your twiv podcast and just listened to the first  Read More

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