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Viral variation in single cells

It is well known that virus populations display phenomenal diversity. Virus populations are dynamic distributions of nonidentical but related members called a quasispecies. This diversity is restricted in single cells, but is restored within two infectious cycles. Read More

MWV 99 - Microbial Monsters: #algae #vampirococcus #halloween

Watch the pilot episode of BioFilms in which we explore some creepy microbes just in time for Halloween. Learn how algae can suffocate a pond of all its life, discover the vampire bacterium known as Vampirococcus who literally sucks the life out its victims, and watch out for those sweet Hall... Read More

BacterioFiles 235 - Dust DNA Detectives with Dr. Dunn

This episode: I talk with Dr. Rob Dunn about his team's research into determining where a dust sample comes from based on the microbes present in it!


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Animals (and Plants) in a Microbial World

In this blog post (and fourth "Mu-Tube" video), I explore the idea that all animals and plants have evolved as part of a microbial world, and thus microbes are a part of us. I do this by having my undergraduate students explore two recently publications by Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai,and recording... Read More

TWiV 360: From Southeastern Michigan

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler


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Colonial Variation in Serratia marcescens

A common denizen of the undergraduate microbiology laboratory, Serratia marcescens is well known for the production of a bright red pigment, prodigiosin. Prodigiosin has been investigated over many years for its possible antimicrobial, antifungal, and even antitumor effects. Still, the relevan... Read More

Colors of Superbug !

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated from animals. The organism was grown on seven different agar medium. On blood agar (Centre), it forms small to medium sized colonies surrounded by weak beta-hemolysis. It shows diverse types of color in different chromogenic medium- pin... Read More

TWiM #113: Waves of Change

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Special guests: Romney Humphries and Read More

HIV cure research: NIH scientists create 2-headed protein to deplete HIV reservoir

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have created a protein that awakens resting immune cells infected with HIV and facilitates their destruction in laboratory studies. The protein potentially could contribute to a cure for HIV infection by helping deplete the reservoir of long-... Read More

BacterioFiles 234 - Phone, Floor Phylum Forensics

This episode: Learning things about people's identity and movements from microbial communities on their phones and shoes!


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TWiV 359: A Blossom by any other name

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Guest: Blossom Damania


Vincent speaks with Blossom about he... Read More

TWiP 97 letters

Jerry writes:


Scabies


Nancy writes:


Scabies.
I mean, Scabies?
I hope the gentleman contracted them via a freshly contaminated, unlaundered hand towel.


Thank you for all you do, guys.


Nancy


Steve writes... Read More

TWiP 97: The seven year itch

The paratenic hosts reveal a case of scabies in the Traveling Salesman, and discuss a role for natural antibody in protection from infection with Plasmodium.


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The #LuxArt2015 Art Competition By My Students!

Because of all the recent interest in "microbiological art," I decided to challenge my Biology 350 students to "paint" using luminous bacteria. We have a balloting process, tallied the results, and made some appropriate awards! I think the world of my students, and I hope you enjoy this view i... Read More

MdlM114: ASM ¡En Vivo! desde Nueva Orleans

La Microbiología en España, la metagenómica y patógenos emergentes, son tres temas a ser discutidos hoy en La Radio el Mundo de los Microbios.  Este episodio es una grabación hecha durante la Conferencia General de la Sociedad Americana para la Microbiología en Nueva Orleans, Louisiana e... Read More

Viruses Could Help Fight Deadly Superbugs.

Viruses that are harmless to humans might help fight the deadly scourge of bacteria that can't be treated with antibiotics, researchers say.

These viruses could be used in hand santizers, and to treat exposed surfaces in hospitals, which are hotbeds of antibiotic resistance, the researchers n... Read More

BacterioFiles 233 - Messy Microbes Maintain Mouse Microbiota

This episode: Mice in less sanitary conditions have more diverse gut communities and perhaps less allergy!


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TWiV 358: Virology and proteomics with Ileana Cristea

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Guest: Ileana Cristea


Vincent meets up with Ileana at Princeton University to talk abou... Read More

Prion contamination in the emergency room

Here is a follow-up to last week’s article that described a case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease in a Texas resident caused by ingestion of BSE-contaminated beef 14 years ago.

A 59 year old male patient was admitted to the trauma unit in Lancaster, PA with a self-inflicted gunshot wound ... Read More

Broad-spectrum antimicrobials: Considering ‘Holobiont’ welfare

The discovery of antibiotics (also referred to as antimicrobials) is perhaps the most revolutionary outcome in the medical sciences during the twentieth century, and has allowed medical practitioners to treat a wide range of bacterial infections; and therefore, antimicrobials are the most common... Read More
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