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West Nile Virus - An ASM "Microbes After Hours" Event - 5/6/2013

2012 saw a surge of West Nile Virus infections, particularly in the central United States. What exactly is West Nile Virus and why do outbreaks occur?


Join us at ASM headquarters to learn more about the biology of this fascinating virus - how it moves between hosts, how the&... Read More

MWV Episode 71 - TWiM Live at ASM GM in Denver


Host Vincent Racaniello, co-hosts Moselio Schaechter and Michael Schmidt, and guests highlight research on a phage s... Read More

Herpetic Legion - Reactivation

We all know that virologists love to dance. But did you know that they can also perform in a rock band?

At the recently concluded 2012 meeting of the American Society for Virology in Madison, WI, seven virologists and a neurobiologist, members of the band Herpetic Legion, entertained meeting ... Read More

Is complex life a freak accident?

Natural selection is a kind of search engine. Given enough time, and suitably vast populations, it should find the best solutions repeatedly. So why are bacteria still bacteria? And why did all complex life on our planet share an ancestor that only arose once in four billion years? In this lectu... Read More

Antibody Therapies for C. difficile

Clostridium difficile infection is an important cause of intestinal disease, primarily affecting hospitalized patients exposed to antibiotics. Infection has been associated with prolonged hospital stays and excess healthcare expenditures. In recent years, C. difficile infections have become more... Read More

The Role of the Gut Microbiome in Colon Cancer

Could the bacterial populations in your intestines predict the onset of colon cancer? Participants will discuss new research in mouse models that suggests a major shift in microbial population dynamic prior to the onset of tumors as well as the general promise microbiome research holds for the ... Read More

MWV Episode 78 / This Week in Microbiology 64: URI and UTI at ICAAC in Denver

A recorded version of a live streaming video episode of This Week in Microbiology (TWiM), a podcast about unseen life on Earth, with Vincent Racaniello, a Higgins Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immu... Read More

MWV Episode 79 – The Microbiology of Beer

The master ingredient in beer is yeast -- a microbe -- and every step in the brewing process helps the yeast do its job better. Watch this live streamed video from the American Society of Microbiology to learn more about how microbes are selected, grown, and manipulated in modern breweries to... Read More

HIV Infection and Cardiovascular Health

Since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s, HIV infection has evolved from a near-certain death sentence to a manageable, chronic disease. Still, little is known about the long-term effects of HIV on human health. Two studies being presented today on cardiova... Read More

Do Cranberries Prevent UTIs?

There is a long history of anecdotal evidence to suggest that cranberries and other alternative therapies to long-term antibiotics can prevent recurrent urinary tract infections but are they really as effective as antibiotics or even a viable alternative for people who do not want to take antibi... Read More

The Emerging Role of Social Media in Public Health

Over the past fifteen years, Internet technology has significantly changed the landscape of public health surveillance and epidemic intelligence gathering. Disease and outbreak data is disseminated not only through formal online announcements by government agencies, but also through informal cha... Read More

Meet the Bacteria That Produces Pure Gold

Scientists have discovered bacteria that eats toxic material and, well, poops pure gold. This microbial magician, named Cupriavidus metallidurans, when placed in a minilab full of gold chloride, a nasty toxin, gobbled up the poison and, in about a week, processed it out as 24-karat nuggets of th... Read More

Seasonal Flu Vaccine and Pandemic Flu Severity

Seasonal flu vaccines are targeted for strains of the influenza virus that public health officials believe will be most prevalent in the upcoming season. While the vaccine primes the immune system to protect against those specific strains, what does it mean for other future strains of the virus.... Read More

MWV Episode 72 - Jonathan Eisen - Evolvability, the Built Environment and Open Science

Jonathan Eisen is an evolutionary biologist, currently working at University of California, Davis and is the academic editor-in-chief of the open-access journal PLoS Biology.


On this episode, J... Read More

The A-Z of Epidemiology: germs from Anthrax to Zoonoses. A disturbing bedtime book for kids.

Epidemiology for all ages! Click "source" to view video. Read More

Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body (video)

When you get the flu, viruses turn your cells into tiny factories that help spread the disease. In this animation, NPR's Robert Krulwich and medical animator David Bolinsky explain how a flu virus can trick a single cell into making a million more viruses.

See and hear the rest of the story o... Read More

Beer May Have Anti-Virus Properties, According To Study Funded By Sapporo Breweries

Does beer have anti-virus powers? According to a new study funded by Japanese beer company Sapporo Breweries, a "key ingredient" found in the world's most popular alcoholic beverage may very well help stave off winter sniffles.

Researchers at Sapporo Medical University found that humulone, a ... Read More

MWV Episode 83 - This Week in Virology 270: Live from ASM Biodefense in Washington, D.C.

Watch a live video episode of This Week in Virology (TWiV), a podcast about viruses. Started in September 2008 by Vincent Racaniello, a Higgins Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University, the goal... Read More

MWV Episode 73 - Shutting Down the Government: Yellow Fever and Anthrax

How can something too small to be seen with the naked eye be powerful enough to bring down something like the U.S. Government? It turns out that microbes, mostly invisible, have the extraordinary capacity to affect our lives – through outbreaks of disease and the spread of fear. Twice in hist... Read More

TWiV 200: Threading the NEIDL



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove... Read More

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