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How do we know what causes an infectious disease? (Part 2)

Having discussed fulfilling Koch's postulates using culture methods in part 1, this blog post briefly discusses the newer molecular techniques that scientists can use to provide evidence for a disease being caused by a specific organism. Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 88



La Dra. Muniesa obtuvo su licenciatura en Biología en la Universidad ... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 89 - Counting Cloud Communities

This episode: Sampling storm cloud microbial communities with hailstones!





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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 71 - Bright Bacteria Brave Biting

This episode: Some ocean bacteria glow to attract those that eat them!





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TWiP 15 Letters

Eric writes:

Doctors Racaniello and Despomier,


My name is Eric and I am an undergraduate student at DePauw University, a small liberal arts institution in Greencastle Indiana. I am part of a science research program but because I don't have the capacity to conduct pu... Read More

TWiV 110: CSI virology



On episode #110 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Dickson discuss bacteria that can utilize arsenic in place of phosphorus, the passing of Frank Fenner, polio outbreak in The Cong... Read More

TWiV 166: Breaking and entering



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier Read More

TWiV 143: Live at ASV in Minneapolis



 


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Con... Read More

New influenza A virus found in bats

Influenza A virus reservoirs in animals have provided novel genetic elements leading to the emergence of global pandemics in humans. Most influenza A viruses circulate in waterfowl, but those that infect mammalian hosts are thought to pose the greatest risk for zoonotic spread to humans and the ... Read More

Tiny snow-makers

The Judges' Choice for The Scientist magazine's 2011 Labby Multimedia Awards is this cute video on how microbes are essential for snow formation.













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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 58 - Baculovirus Blocks Bug Behavior

This episode: Viruses take over caterpillars' behavior!




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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

Finding the key to strengthening the immune response to chronic infections

A team of researchers from The Wistar Institute has identified a protein that could serve as a target for reprogramming immune system cells exhausted by exposure to chronic viral infection into more effective "soldiers" against certain viruses like HIV, hepatitis C, and hepatitis B, as well as s... Read More

The Attendee's Guide to Scientific Meetings

Julian Davies, Professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society, has authored a humorous post on the Small Things Considered blog on the various methods an attendee of a scientific meeting can employ to enhance "maximum satisfaction and poise" one gets o... Read More

Health Alert Map Mash-up with Infectious Disease

This is a really cool Google Maps mash up that geo-locates breaking health news on a map. You can sort by official government announcements, news wires, infectious disease types, zoom to countries, local areas and more. Great for looking at Swine Flu reporting as it happens. Read More

My virology course at Columbia University

The third annual installment of my virology course at Columbia University, Biology W3310, has begun, and all the lectures will be available online. Read More

Podcast del Microbio Nº190 y 191. El Cuarto Dominio (The Fourth Domain)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº190 and 191 describes the recent metagenomic results that point towards the existence of a 4th do... Read More

The Dawn of Proteomics

Frederick C. Neidhardt, F.G. Novy Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School at Ann Arbor, authors a post at the Small Things Considered blog on the dawn of proteomics, the large-scale study of proteins, with a f... Read More

TWiV 156: Armed and targeted killer meta-analysis



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TWiV 180 Letters

Rohit writes:


Hi Dr Racaniello,


I am a long time listener of TWIV and really enjoy the informal scientific discussions. I listen to TWIV while working in the lab and am trying to catch up on TWIM and TWIP episodes too.


I have been dill... Read More

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