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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

Myra McClure on XMRV

Myra McClure, Professor in the Division of Infection and Immunity, University College of London, U.K., has focused on retroviruses for much of her research career. I discussed the potential role of the retrovirus XMRV in prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome with Dr. McClure during ICAAC ... 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

The D225G change in 2009 H1N1 influenza virus

Last year a mutation in the HA gene of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus was identified in isolates from patients with severe disease. At the time I concluded that the emergence of this change was not a concern. Recently the Norwegian Institute of Public Health reported that the mutation, which caus... Read More

TWiV 332: Vanderbilt virology

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Seth BordensteinJames Crowe... Read More

TWiV 309: Ebola email

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

 Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Happy Nerdy Holidays

I recently have come across a blog written by a biological anthropologist who is currently a stay at home mother to her little girl. A favorite hobby of hers is baking and her blog chronicles her culinary adventures, which much to my delight includes science themed baked goods like cookies and ... Read More

What They Look Like

Some archaea look like little rods or tiny balls, and some even get around like bacteria, using long hair- or whip-like appendages called flagella that stick out of their cell walls and act like a microscopic outboard motor to get them where they are going.

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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

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

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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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

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

TWiV 325: Wildcats go viral

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Rollie Clem and Lorena Passarelli

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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

New Non-Profit Directly Links Donors to Researchers; Seeks Submissions from Scientists in Need of Project Funding

St. Petersburg, Fla. – (Sept. 22, 2010) – Scientists and researchers seeking additional funding sources for projects that will enhance their research goals now have an alternative resource for the money they need to propel their projects forward: the general public. SciFlies.org, a new non-prof... 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

TWiV 333: Naturally curious chimeras

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Ben Fensterheim, Megan Freeman, Bobak Parang, and Meredith Rogers

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TWiV 334: In vino virus

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiV 329: Pox in the balance

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

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