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The New Scientist's Swine Flu Resources Page

The New Scientist has put together a nice collection of articles and information about the swine flu on it's site. Read More

A spike for piercing the cell membrane

Some viruses that infect bacteria (bacteriophages) deliver their DNA into the host cell with an amazing injection machine. The tailed bacteriophages (such as T4, illustrated) store their DNA in a capsid attached to a long tail tube that is surrounded by a sheath. At the bottom of the tube is a b... Read More

TWiV 159: Flu gets the REDD light



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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 58 - Baculovirus Blocks Bug Behavior

This episode: Viruses take over caterpillars' behavior!




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TWiV 190 Letters

Cara writes:


Hello Vincent and Team TWIV,


I love Virology, and it is with much chagrin that I admit I have only recently started listening to TWIV. However I have tried to mend the error of my ways by: 1) proselytizing the benefits (keeping up-to-date with and... Read More

A viral mashup in snakes

If you know anything about snakes you might be familiar with snake inclusion body disease, or IBD. This transmissible and fatal disease affects snakes of a variety of species but has been best studied in boas. The name comes from the presence of large masses (inclusions) in the cytoplasm of cell... Read More

TWiV 120: Ed Niles, a Km Vmax kind of guy



Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº194. Algas para limpiar un desastre (Algae for nuclear clean-up)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº194 is about the recent observation that the algae Closterium moniliferum could remove strontium... Read More

Happy as a clam? Maybe not.

The expression “Happy as a Clam” comes with new meaning as hepatitis A virus has been detected in clams, mussels, and oysters in markets for human consumption. As bivalve shellfish are excellent bio-accumulators of contaminants and chemicals, it is no surprise that they also harbor waterborne vi... Read More

TWiV 163 Letters

Ronnie writes:


Hello Professor Vincent,


First of all, thank you for your wonderful podcasts! I'm a CFS sufferer and also a student Applied Science so I'm interested in many of the topics discussed for those two reasons and always learning new things.


I... Read More

TWiV 139 Letters

Norma writes:


Some time ago I emailed you about transcribing an episode of TWiV and have finally finished episode 60. Let me join the chorus of appreciative listeners in praise for your podcast! I've learned a lot from it I was inspired by your generosity... Read More

Can India remain polio-free?

India has been free of polio for over one year. This is a remarkable accomplishment, considering that just 30 years ago the country recorded 200,000 cases of the disease annually, or one every three minutes. With polio endemic in two neighboring countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and in the mo... Read More

Collection of microbe-themed blogs and podcasts

A collection of links to blogs and podcasts that either focus entirely on microbes or partially on microbes. Other suggestions wanted. Read More

We must act on living conditions in the fight against tuberculosis

24 March 2011 – To mark World TB Day, ARCHIVE urges government, private and third sector authorities to pay greater attention to housing/living conditions as an important measure in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).

Peter Williams, Founder and Executive Director of ARCHIVE, says: “Decent l... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº128 and 129. Cuestión de Equilibrio




























Nº128 and 129 of "El Podcast del Microbio" is dedicated to the paper by Ravel et al. about the vaginal microbiote. El Nº12... Read More

Fun with Fomites - Experiment

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TWiP 20 - The whipworm Trichuris trichiura



Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of nematodes with the whipworm Trichuris trichiura.


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TWiP 16: Giardia



Vincent and Dickson review the life cycle and pathogenesis of the flagellated protozoan parasite Giardia lamblia.


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TWiP 38: How to Trichomonas



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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TWiP 17: Entamoeba histolytica



Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of protozoan parasites that cause diarrhea with a review of amebic dysentery caused by Entamoeba histolytica.


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