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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 bacteria produce a harpoon-like factor called a tailicin that inject larvae with the correct stimulus to allow them to develop into tubeworms.

How the drive to prevent cholera and other enteric diseases in Bangladesh led to increased exposure to arsenic.

Dr. Mair talks about why breaking the transmission cycle by focusing on mosquitoes will help reduce global malaria, how a multi-pronged approach is necessary to eradicate this disease, how public health efforts coordinating drug administration have been effective, and some of the hurdles that impede vaccine development.

Dr. Marvin Whiteley talks about how and why bacteria talk to each other (quorum sensing), whether lab conditions can help us understand what a pathogen does inside a host, and how a polymicrobial “love story” in the mouth leads to dental problems.

How climate change is driving the death of coral reefs, and how the bacteria and viruses associated with the reef influence its health.

How studying viruses in extreme environments can give insights into the evolution of life on earth, and whether a virus is actually alive.

Algae are amazing microorganisms, and Dr. Mayfield says that the more you know about algae, the more you like them. 

Dr. Schuchat, Deputy Director, CDC, discusses current and future disease threats, the difference between perceived versus actual threats, and her experience with Hollywood during the filming of the movie Contagion. 

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.

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