This Week in microbiology, parasitism, and virology

In the past five days we released three science shows on the TWi* network.

On This Week in Microbiology (TWiM) episode #51, Vincent, Michael, and Elio meet up with Hazel Barton to talk about cave microbiology.

On This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) episode #51, special guest Anthony A. James joins Vincent and Dickson to discuss how mosquitoes can be genetically modified to control infectious diseases.

On This Week in Virology (TWiV) episode #222, the complete TWiV team discusses the amazing finding that cyclic GMP-AMP synthase is a cytosolic innate immune DNA sensor.

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TWiM 41: ICAAC live in San Francisco

On episode #41 of the science show This Week in Microbiology, Vincent and Michael travel to San Francisco for the 52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), where they meet with Bill, John, and Victor to discuss tuberculosis, monitoring infectious disease outbreaks with online data, and outside-the-box approaches to antibacterial therapy.

You can view video of this episode below, or download audio or video files at microbeworld.org.

 

TWiM 34: Doing the DISCO with Emiliania

On episode #34 of the science show This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Michael, and Elio discuss changing populations of Emiliania huxleyi and their viruses in the North and Black Seas.

You can find TWiM #34 at microbeworld.org/twim.

TWiM 32: Not the shadow biosphere

On episode #32 of the science show This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Elio and Michael speak with Rosie Redfield about her evidence that a bacterium cannot grow on arsenic instead of phosphorus.

If you only listen to one episode of TWiM all year, make it this one – Rosie is terrific!

You can find TWiM #32 at microbeworld.org/twim.

TWiM 31: Screen door on a submarine

On episode #31 of the science show This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Jo, and Michael discuss an archetypal protein transport system in bacterial outer membranes, and evidence that gut microbial enterotypes might not fall into defined groups.

You can find TWiM at microbeworld.org/twim.

TWiM 29: Death and an iron-loaded spike

On episode #29 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent and Stanley review how a phage pierces the cell membrane with an iron-loaded spike, and two programmed cell death systems in E. coli.

You can find TWiM #29 at microbeworld.org/twim.

TWiM #18: Escherichia coli K-12, an emerging pathogen?

This Week in MicrobiologyHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael SchmidtStanley Maloy and Elio Schaechter.

On episode #18 of the podcast This Week in MicrobiologyVincent, Michael, Elio, and Stanley explain how to make the human intestinal commensal and benign laboratory bacterium Escherichia coli K-12 into an invasive organism, and the unearthing of century-old spores in New York City.

Click the arrow above to play, or right-click to download TWiM #18 (54 MB, .mp3, 74 minutes).

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Links for this episode:

Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to twim@microbe.tv, or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

TWiM 17: Debugging endosymbiosis

planococcus citriHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter.

Vincent, Michael and Elio focus on endosymbiosis: the rapid spread of Ricekttsia in whitefiles, and a metabolic patchwork in nested symbionts of mealybugs.

Click the arrow above to play, or right-click to download TWiM #17 (51 MB, .mp3, 70 minutes).

Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunesZune Marketplace, via RSS feed, by email or listen on your mobile device with the Microbeworld app.

Links for this episode:

Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to twim@microbe.tv, or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.

Microbiology blogs

If you have ever wanted to read other blogs on microbiology, head over to César Sánchez’ Twisted Bacteria, where he has compiled a list of his 20 favorites. There are even some in French, Spanish, and Slovenian (for those, don’t forget Google Translate). Thanks, César.

TWiM 16: ICAAC Live

This Week in Microbiology

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, Arturo Casadevall, Stuart Levy, and David Livermore.

VincentMichael, Arturo, Stuart, and David converse about antimicrobial resistance and why most fungi do not cause disease, at the 51st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC).

Click the arrow above to play, or right-click to download TWiM 16 (65 MB, .mp3, 90 minutes).

Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunesZune Marketplace, via RSS feed, by email or listen on your mobile device with the Microbeworld app.

Links for this episode:

Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to twim@microbe.tv, or call them in to 908-312-0760. You can also post articles that you would like us to discuss at microbeworld.org and tag them with twim.