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This Week in Microbiology is a podcast about unseen life on Earth hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.

This Week in Microbiology American Society for Microbiology

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This Week in Microbiology is a podcast about unseen life on Earth hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.

    Antivirals made by bacteria

    Antivirals made by bacteria

    The TWiM team reviews the movie Jezebel, played against the background of the yellow fever epidemic of 1853 in New Orleans, and prokaryotic viperins, ancestors of the eukaryotic enzymes that synthesize antiviral molecules.

    • 53 min
    Microbial nanowires

    Microbial nanowires

    TWiM explores the use of a bacterial protein to make highly conductive microbial nanowires, and how modulin proteins seed the formation of amyloid, a key component of S. aureus biofilms.
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    Links for this episode Amyloid formation for S. aureus biofilms (eLife) Highly conductive microbial nanowires (Nat Chem Biol) Uncovering Nature’s electronics (Nature) Activating Nature’s electrical grid (Bioeng) Bacteria that exhale electricity (SyFyWire) Microbial transistors (TWiM 14) TWiM Listener survey Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or recorded audio) to twim@microbe.tv
     

    • 55 min
    It’s a microbe-eat-microbe world

    It’s a microbe-eat-microbe world

    Mark Martin returns to TWiM for a discussion of a predatory bacterium appropriately named Vampirococcus lugosii, and Elio reveals how bacteria can be used on the International Space Station to efficiently extract rare earth elements in microgravity.

    • 54 min
    Ancient bacterial DNA

    Ancient bacterial DNA

    In this episode of TWiM, control of Campylobacter in raw chicken by zinc oxide nanoparticles in packaging material, and Salmonella enterica genomes from a16th century epidemic in Mexico.

    • 55 min
    Dirt is not simple

    Dirt is not simple

    In this episode of TWiM, the hidden biochemical diversity in soil-dwelling Actinobacteria that could lead to a second Golden Era of antibiotic discovery, and structures of glideosome components reveals the mechanism of gliding in apicomplexan parasites.

    • 49 min
    Black in Microbiology with Ninecia Scott and Chelsey Spriggs

    Black in Microbiology with Ninecia Scott and Chelsey Spriggs

    Ninecia and Chelsey, two of the founders of Black in Microbiology, join TWiM to discuss the goals of the organization, then we reveal survival of Deinococcus bacteria for 3 years in space, an experiment that addresses the panspermia hypothesis for interplanetary transfer of life.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

EisenRa ,

Great science podcast!

Wonderful educational podcast relating to the best topic in the world: Microbiology.

I love the relaxed atmosphere, and the ability for the hosts to delve into and break down the primary literature into a form that is digestible for non-scientists / people from different fields.

Keep up the great work!

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Insightful

Never fails to teach and amaze. Suitable for both the novice and more experienced listener. Good stuff.

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