Spongiform encephalopathies are neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding of normal cellular prion proteins. A 2014 case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob prion disease in the United States was probably caused by eating beef from animals with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow d... Read More
DNA methylation is important for epigenetic research. Here the author introduced several basic method of DNA methylation detection. Good articles. Read More
In this blog post, I discuss making student designed artwork using bioluminescent bacteria as "paint." As student "buy in" is critical for any course, such fun "creative" approaches act synergistically to improve learning and outcomes. Feel free to vote on your top six images---the students ar... Read More
This episode: Engineering Salmonella strains that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones alone!
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Parasitic wasps inject their eggs into lepidopteran hosts, where they carry out their developmental stages. Along with the eggs, the wasps also deliver viruses carrying genes encoding proteins which inhibit caterpillar immune defenses. Some of these genes are permanently transferred to the lepid... Read More
This episode: Bacteria in and around plants can help fertilizer them, even in non-legume plants!
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Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve the case about the 33 year old Chinese male with watery diarrhea, and discuss whether arsenic in drinking water might lead to treatment failures for Leishmania infections.
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I am a big fan of TWIP. You do so many things right, that a little problem in your TWiP94 broadcast is not a big deal. As you may already know all three drugs in the Nutman et al. study are small molecules, not monoclonals, the... Read More
This episode: Bacteria in mouse guts control the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter!
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Dear Dr. Schaechter,
First off, I want to thank you for the effort you and your colleagues have invested in Small Things Considered and the podcast TWIM. Back when I had a longer commute to work, I listened more religiously than now, wh... Read More
The Sabin infectious, attenuated poliovirus vaccines are known to cause vaccine-associated paralysis in a small number of recipients. In contrast, the Salk inactivated vaccine does not cause poliomyelitis. Why are the Sabin vaccines still used globally? The answer to this question requires a bri... Read More
For my Microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound, I decided to ask my new crop of "micronauts" what the word "microbiology" meant to them on the first day of class. Here are their answers. My wife Jennifer Quinn and I put this together using art from former students. Hopefully, thi... Read More
Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Thijs Ettema.
Thijs Ettema of Uppsala University in Sweden talks with Jeff Fox about a deep-sea archaeon, named Lokiarchaeum for the underwater volcano between Greenland and Norway near where it was found, that might be related to the last common anc... Read More