The use of microbial genome mining to identify new drugs, and how a bacterial symbiont protects flies against parasitoid wasps.

Published in TWiM
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:00

Rigor, lotteries, and moonshots - TWiM 154

TWiM speaks with Arturo Casadevall about his thoughts on the pathogenic potential of a microbe, rigorous science, funding by lottery, and moonshot science.

Published in TWiM
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 20:02

Wooden steps - TWiM 152

The bacteria that allow a giant shipworm to oxidize sulfur, and algae that live within salamander cells.

Published in TWiM
Thursday, 04 May 2017 16:14

Bat and moth antimicrobials - TWiM 151

Potential new sources of antimicrobial compounds from unusual places: the skin of bats and the intestines of moths.

Published in TWiM
Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:42

Microbiology is where it’s at - TWiM 150

In recognition of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, Robin Patel speaks with the TWiM team about directing a clinical bacteriology laboratory, and how an observation made by a laboratory technologist lead to the finding that Ureaplasma species can cause a system metabolic disturbance, hyperammonemia.

Published in TWiM
Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:11

You’re going to learn R - TWiM 149

TWiM speaks with Pat Schloss about assigning sequence data to operational taxonomic units, and his experience with mSphere Direct, a new way of submitting papers for publication.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:04

Neanderthal Dentistry - TWiM 148

Vincent, Elio, and Michael reveal what Neanderthals ate from analysis of DNA in their teeth, and new CRISPR-Cas systems found in the genomes of uncultured microbes.

Published in TWiM
Thursday, 09 March 2017 17:46

The Public Goods Dilemma - TWiM 147

Why phosphorus is essential for fungal brain disease, and how bacteria kill local competitors to favor the evolution of public goods cooperation.

Published in TWiM
Thursday, 23 February 2017 14:44

TWiM 146 Letters

Jonathan writes:

Hello TWiM Team,

I'm sure it's a long shot but here's hoping for #12!

I was catching up on a SciFri podcast recently and came across this story and just had to share it with you all.  (Dr. Racaniello, I think Dixon would also appreciate this but I'll leaving sharing it to your discretion.)

SciFri: Scientific Simplicity by Design..

Published in Letters
Thursday, 23 February 2017 13:27

Viral arbitrium - TWiM 146

Vincent, Elio and Michael discuss the finding of a prion in bacteria, and how communication between bacteria guides the decision between lysis and lysogeny.

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