Moselio Schaechter


  • The purpose of this blog is to share my appreciation for the width and depth of the microbial activities on this planet. I will emphasize the unusual and the unexpected phenomena for which I have a special fascination... (more)

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April 15, 2014

TWiM #76: Genetic Biopixels and a Pathogenic Sweet Tooth

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter, Michael Schmidt and Michele Swanson

Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele discuss the use of bacteria to build a genetic sensor for heavy metals, and how host sugars help enteric pathogens to expand after antibiotic treatment.

Right click to download TWiM #76 (48 MB .mp3, 67 minutes).

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April 01, 2014

TWiM #75: Pellicles on Pickle Jars

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter, Michael Schmidt and Michele Swanson

Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele discuss a symbiosis between two bacteria that increases the virulence of oral biofilms, and the assembly of amyloid fibers, which are needed for biofilm formation.

Right click to download TWiM #75 (59 MB .mp3, 81 minutes).

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March 18, 2014

TWiM #74: It Came from the Siberian Permafrost

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter, and Michael Schmidt

Vincent, Elio, and Michael discuss a huge 30,000 year old virus recovered from Siberia, and nested symbiosis facilitated by horizontal gene transfer from bacteria to insect.

Right click to download TWiM #74 (51 MB .mp3, 70 minutes).

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February 28, 2014

TWiM #73: Eyeing Root Nodule Development

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt and Michele Swanson.

Vincent, Michael, and Michele discuss how soil-dwelling bacteria induce the formation of root nodules on legumes via a protein called CYCLOPS. 

Right click to download TWiM #73 (57.5 MB .mp3, 80 minutes).

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February 14, 2014

TWiM #72: The Benefits of Virulence

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio SchaechterMichael Schmidt and Michele Swanson.

Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele review how microbial virulence can be increased as a consequence of community surveillance and adaptation to macrophages. 

Right click to download TWiM #72 (53 MB .mp3, 74 minutes).

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January 24, 2014

TWiM #71: Colon cancer’s little shop of horrors

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt and Michelle Swanson.

Vincent, Michael, and Michele explain how the gut microbiome modulates colon tumorigenesis, and regulation of intestinal macrophage function by the microbial metabolite butyrate. 

Right click to download TWiM #71 (57 MB .mp3, 78 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to [email protected], 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.

December 20, 2013

TWiM #70: A Paroxysmal Cough

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio SchaechterMichael Schmidt and Michelle Swanson.

Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele discuss evidence that the acellular pertussis vaccine fails to prevent infection and transmission in nonhuman primates, and the use of bacterial cytological profiling to identify pathways targeted by antibiotics. 

Right click to download TWiM #70 (53 MB .mp3, 73 minutes).

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December 04, 2013

TWiM #69: Bacterial DNA in the Human Genome

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio SchaechterJo Handelsman and Michelle Swanson.

Vincent, Elio, Jo, and Michele review evidence for bacterial DNA integrated into the human genome, and control of the symbiont population in an insect midgut. 

Right click to download TWiM #69 (51 MB .mp3, 71 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to [email protected], 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.

November 15, 2013

TWiM #68: The Fungus Among Us

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio SchaechterMichael Schmidt and Michelle Swanson.

Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele discuss the amazingly high level of intergenera gene exchange among haloarchaea in an Antarctic lake, and the diversity of fungi on residential surfaces and the human forehead. 

Right click to download TWiM #68 (51 MB .mp3, 71 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to [email protected], 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.

October 31, 2013

TWiM #67: Black Mushrooms and RNA Thermosensors

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter and Michael Schmidt.

Vincent, Elio, and Michael discuss how temperature triggers Neisseria menigitidis immune evasion, and protection of mice from ionizing radiation by feeding them black mushrooms.

Right click to download TWiM #67 (55 MB .mp3, 75.5 minutes).

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Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or mp3 file) to [email protected], 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.

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