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MMP #5: Fruitflies, microbes, and aggression with Jeremy Brownlie

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Jeremy Brownlie.

Jeremy Brownlie of Griffıth University in Brisbane, Australia, talks with Jeff Fox about how bacteria influence aggressive behavior in an animal. Fruit flies infected with the wMelPop strain of Wolbachia were less aggressive than the... Read More

A case of prion disease acquired from contaminated beef

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

A Brief Introduction on DNA Methylation and Methods of Detection

DNA methylation is important for epigenetic research. Here the author introduced several basic method of DNA methylation detection. Good articles. Read More

My First #LuxArt Class Competition!

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

BacterioFiles 231 - Creating Cancer-Killing Cultures

This episode: Engineering Salmonella strains that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones alone!

(7.9 MB, 8.5 minutes)

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TWiV 356: Got viruses?

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiM #112: Mushroom pickers and mushroom kickers

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

Wasps do a gain-of-function experiment in caterpillars

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

BacterioFiles 230 - Plant Prokaryotes Promote Protein Production

This episode: Bacteria in and around plants can help fertilizer them, even in non-legume plants!

(11.1 MB, 12.15 minutes)

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TWiV 355: Baby's first virome

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiP 95: Arsenic and Leishmania

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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TWiP 95 letters

Ruben writes:

Dear Day-Twippers,

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

ASM Live at ICAAC/ICC 2015 - The Live Internet Talk Show

Participate in ASM Live at ICAAC/ICC 2015 in San Diego, CA, where we will be live streaming video interviews of select researchers with host Read More

BacterioFiles 229 - Spore-formers Stimulate Serotonin

This episode: Bacteria in mouse guts control the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter!

(10.4 MB, 11.3 minutes)

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TWiV 354: The cat in the HAART

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiM #111: Ancientbiotics and modernbiotics

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM 111 Letters

Noah writes:

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

Why do we still use Sabin poliovirus vaccine?

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

My first "Mu-Tube" video promoting microbial literacy: What does "microbiology" mean to students?

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

MMP #4: Deep-Sea Archaea and the Tree of Life with Thijs Ettema

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

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