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Discussions with researchers in the field of infectious diseases. microTalk is hosted by Karl Klose and colleagues from the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID).

How CRISPR/Cas evolved, the various applications that is has been used for, some of the controversies associated with its use, and its further potential to improve human health.

Puerto Rican scientists describe what happened to their laboratories after the hurricane Maria.

Concrete is the most commonly used building material in the world, and is a very unique dry, high pH environment with special chemical properties. Amazingly, there are microbial communities that live within concrete.

How C. albicans’ interactions with the other microbes within the body influences its virulence, and the difficulty of developing antifungals that don’t harm people.

How the success of vaccines has ironically contributed to the rise of the anti-vax movement, how the way scientists talk about vaccines is important to increase vaccination rates, and the autism-vaccine controversy.

How V. fischeri can count how many friends are around them through quorum sensing and how they can specifically colonize squid.

The evidence that the gut microbiome influences Parkinson’s Disease, implications of this research for the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, and the involvement of the microbiome in other neurological conditions.

Students at Southside High School (San Antonio) sent a microbiology experiment up to the International Space Station (ISS).

Dr. Jabra-Rizk talks about fungal-bacterial coinfections, the difficulty of effectively treating polymicrobial infections, and how she asked for her first microscope at the age of 13.

Dr. Norris discusses everything you ever wanted to know about Lyme disease, including how people get the disease, the prospect for vaccines and eradication, the difficulty of working with this and other spirochetes in the lab, and his hobby of paleontology.

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