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TWiV 98 Letters

James writes:

I'm just writing to clarify my question about the production of the flu vaccine if one of the other seasonal strains was removed as there seemed to be a bit of confusion about the point of it.

As I understand it one of the biggest holdups in seas... Read More

Palese: Don’t censor live-saving science

Renowned influenza virologist Peter Palese has penned an opinion column for the science journal Nature in which he uses his experience in reconstructing the 1918 pandemic influenza virus strain to question the censoring of H5N1 results by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSAB... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº 109: Derrames de petróleo

The Nº 109 of the "El podcast del microbio" deals with the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the accident in the Deepwater Hor... Read More

The Three Faces of Thiomargarita

Merry Youle of Small Things Considered has authored a post that looks at Thiomargarita spp.

"Non-motile Thiomargarita was first discovered in 1999 off the Namibian coast, thus was named T. namibiensis. Its cells are large spheres, arranged in chains, each chain enclosed in a mucous sheath. Av... Read More

Oddly Microbial: 86 Million Year-Old Deep Seabed Mystery Cells

Life in a high-pressured environment with practically nothing to eat might be ok for high-fashion models, but it’s an unlikely lifestyle choice for a single cell whose usual overriding goal is to become two cells. Yet the largest living ecosystem on Earth—the deep biosphere—is comprised of micro... Read More

Trust science, not scientists

Whether or not the retrovirus XMRV is a human pathogen has been debated since the virus was first described in 2006. The answer is now clear: the results of Blood XMRV Scientific Research Group, along with a partial retraction of the 2009 Science paper describing identification of the retrovirus... Read More

USDA Uses Twitter to Inform Consumers of Recalls

I have been using twitter (@Microblogology) as a way to keep in touch with some of my online friends for awhile now. Eventually my occasional tweets involving microbiology caused me to be "discovered" by Chris Condayan (@MicrobeWorld) and I was quickly followed by some other people in the scien... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 206. Estromatolitos antárticos

El podcast del Microbio Nº206 is dedicated to the recent discovery of stromatolites in deep of Antartic lake Untersee. El p... Read More

World Tuberculosis Day 2009

Today is World Tuberculosis Day.

"World TB Day, 24 March 2009, is about celebrating the lives and stories of people affected by TB: women, men and children who have taken TB treatment; nurses; doctors; researchers; community workers--anyone who has contributed towards the global fight agains... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 233. Bacterias come-sushi (sushi-eater bacteria)

El podcast del microbio Nº 233 summarize the findings by Handeman et al (Nature, 464: 908-912.) on the transfer of carbohydrate-... Read More

Genes, malevolent and beneficial pathogens and autoantibodies in HIV-1/AIDS

Certain viral infections are known to increase or decrease HIV-1 replication or viral load, perhaps by competing with the same receptors, or via immune and other effects.Many autoantibodies in HIV-1 infection also target the immune network and this may well contribute to pathology. Read More

A Giant Among Giants

Merry Youle from the Small Things Considered blog ponders the potential size a virus can be:

"With such fascinating stories being told by Mimivirus and the other giants, people are now looking for them in more environments. Modified techniques are called for, as those used previously to spot ... 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

ASM's Peer-Reviewed Collection of K-12 Outreach Classroom Activities

The American Society for Microbiology Committee on K-12 Education publishes peer-reviewed resources that convey important scientific concepts from the microbial world, such as microbial processes, methods used to study microorganisms and other general science topics. The activities are student-c... Read More

Aurintricarboxylic acid (ATA) may be an effective antiviral against Influenzaviruses

The hunt continues for novel antiviral agents especially against the pandemic H1N1 virus. In this article, a drug that has been used to fight HIV infection and vesicular stomatitis now appears to have the potential to block influenzavirus infection by inhibiting neuraminidase. This may be yet ... Read More

TWiV 160 Letters

Neva writes:

Hi fellas,

Great programs as always. I look forward to each one: TWIV, TWIM & TWIP. .....Lots of TWIT too. ;-)

Here is a list of top science apps forwarded by William Gunn on G+.

Mendeley and PLoS staff both vo... Read More

TWiV 156 Letters

Kevin writes:

Dear Professor Racaniello,

I have just seen some of the ridiculous comments regarding the picture which was posted on your TWiV website.

I have had CFS for over 16 years. I am a very firm believer in scientific method and... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 230: Pequeña Micro-Pila de Energía (New Micro-Fuel Cell)

El podcast del microbio Nº 230 summarize the work by Li et al. and published in Biotechnology Bioengineering about Microbial el... Read More

TWiV 55

Kevin writes:

Dear TWIVvers,

I was listening to TWIV episode #50, concerning the recent article from Ila Singh’s group about the prostate cancer – XMRV connection, on the same day the NY Times reported a study from Judy Mikowitz et al., finding an association between ... Read More

Tree of Life Blog: Overselling the microbiome award #2: The Marshall Protocol

A discussion of the "Marshall Protocol" which is a claimed treatment for all sorts of ailments. The article discusses how the MP backers suggests not only that microbes cause a wide diversity of ailments, but that a specific protocol can cure these ailments. The article discusses the lack of e... Read More
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