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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.
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Editors in Conversation

American Society for Microbiology

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Editors in Conversation is the official podcast of the American Society for Microbiology Journals. Editors in Conversation features discussions between ASM Journals Editors, researchers and clinicians working on the most cutting edge issues in the microbial sciences. Topics include laboratory diagnosis and clinical treatment of infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, epidemiology of infections, multidrug-resistant organisms, pharmacology of antimicrobial agents, susceptibility testing ...
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Who is microbiology? Meet the Microbiologist (MTM) introduces you to the people who discover, innovate and advance the field of microbiology. Go behind-the-scenes of the microbial sciences with experts in virology, bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and more! Share in their passion for microbes and hear about research successes and even a few setbacks in their field. MTM covers everything from genomics, antibiotic resistance, synthetic biology, emerging infectious diseases, microbial ecolo ...
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MicrobeWorld Video

American Society for Microbiology

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A video podcast by the American Society for Microbiology that highlights the latest in microbiology, life science and biotechnology news. ASM is composed of over 42,000 scientists and health professionals with the mission to advance the microbial sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide. For information about ASM and MicrobeWorld, visit us online at www. ...
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MicrobeWorld Video (audio only)

American Society for Microbiology

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A video podcast by the American Society for Microbiology that highlights the latest in microbiology, life science and biotechnology news. ASM is composed of over 42,000 scientists and health professionals with the mission to advance the microbial sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide. For information about ASM and MicrobeWorld, visit us online at www. ...
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The Skiffy and Fanty Show

The Skiffy and Fanty Show

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The Skiffy and Fanty Show 4x Hugo Finalist podcast covering a wide range of science fiction, fantasy, and horror content from interviews and genre discussions to movie reviews and a monthly *bad* movie review (for the lolz). The show is also a 3x finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Fancast. Not too shabby, eh? If you want to find out more about us and our other shows, go to skiffyandfanty.com or @skiffyandfanty!
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Phages, microbes, and scientific conundrums, oh my! Shaun Duke turns the tables on Daniel Haeusser to ask a metric ton of questions about microbiology. Why? Because Daniel is one of those legit scientists. Join us for a wide ranging and utterly wild conversation about bacteria, viruses, micro-whatsits, and speculative wonders! Thanks for listening.…
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Beautiful rage, twisted lines, and terrors of the mind, oh my! Shaun Duke, Brandon O’Brien, and Trish Matson are joined by Stephanie M. Wytovich to talk about her latest poetry collection, On the Subject of Blackberries. Together, they discuss Wytovich’s approach to poetic form, to representing post-partum depression and motherhood in speculative p…
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TWiM explores the plasticity of the adult human small intestinal stoma microbiota, and survival and rapid resuscitation that permit limited productivity in desert microbial communities. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Petra Levin and Michele Swanson. Subscribe to TWiM (free) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Android, RSS, or by email. Become …
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Rodney Rohde, Ph.D., Regents’ Professor and Chair of the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Texas State University discusses the many variants, mammalian hosts and diverse neurological symptoms of rabies virus. Take the MTM listener survey! Ashley’s Biggest Takeaways: Prior to his academic career, Rohde spent a decade as a public health microbio…
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Tree magic, complicated wars, and bard-acity, oh my! Shaun Duke and Paul Weimer are joined by Kevin Hearne to talk about his latest novel, A Curse of Krakens, the thrilling conclusion to The Seven Kennings series. Together, they discuss Hearne’s approach to storytelling in an epic fantasy setting, weaving complicated kingdom politics and unique mag…
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Today on TWiM, a charcuterie invasion, and how that acid in your stomach may protect from the invading hordes of microbes. Hosts: Michael Schmidt, Petra Levin and Michele Swanson. Become a patron of TWiM. Links for this episode 2024 Salmonella outbreak linked to charcuterie meats Multitier regulation of the E. coli extreme acid stress response by C…
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Military inaccuracies, confusing tactics, and burrito problems, oh my! Shaun Duke, Becca Evans, and Daniel Haeusser join forces to discuss the 2012’s Battleship! Together, they explore the film’s bizarre treatment of the military, whether the lead character should be court-martialed, disability representation, and so much more. Thanks for listening…
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Rhodococcus infections are uncommon, however they can cause serious disease in certain patients. There are a number of challenges though when dealing with Rhodococcus infections, including the fact that much of what we know around their susceptibility profiles and the clinical management of infected individuals actually comes from a number case ser…
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Optimistic futures, climate disasters, and punk attitudes, oh my! Shaun Duke and Daniel Haeusser are joined by writers and editors Phoebe Wagner and Sarena Ulibarri for a wide ranging discussion about Solarpunk. Together, they explore the roots of the genre, where the “punk” fits into the form, the politics of climate change and extinction, and so …
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TWiM reviews a case of E. faecium bacteremia treated with combination bacteriophage and antibiotic therapy, and how dopamine receptor D2 confers colonization resistance via microbial metabolites. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Petra Levin and Michele Swanson. Guest: Mark O. Martin Become a patron of TWiM. Links for this episode Matters…
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Funktastic morning routines, cereal messages, and whatevers, oh my! Shaun Duke and Daniel Haeusser join forces to discuss 1999’s Muppets From Space! This is the second show we’ve done on a Muppet movie, and it’s a fun one. Together, Shaun and Daniel tackle the film’s financial history, its central themes of identity and found family, what a Gonzo i…
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Weirdly respectful men, suggestive rockets, and sewage sludge, oh my! Shaun Duke, Becca Evans, and Trish Matson join forces to discuss the 1979’s Meteor! Together, they explore the film’s surprisingly feminist themes, its approach to building tension (zzz), hating the Dodgers, and so much more. Plus, there are delicious tangents to make you giggle!…
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Phage therapy has gained a lot of traction but the challenges created by this approach have not been properly assessed at a big scale. We often read about therapy successes on isolated cases but, rarely, we read or hear about failures. AAC recently published a case series of patients who failed phage therapy. Today, we will discuss this topic with …
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Empathic fungi, revolutionary politics, and dirigibles, oh my! Shaun Duke and Brandon O’Brien are joined by Nisi Shawl to talk about their new novel, Kinning, the sequel to the much-loved Everfair. Together, they discuss Shawl’s approach to writing alternate history, anarchism across the sea, the moral complexities of hiveminds, and more. Thanks fo…
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TWiM reviews a case of E. faecium bacteremia treated with combination bacteriophage and antibiotic therapy, and how dopamine receptor D2 confers colonization resistance via microbial metabolites. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Petra Levin and Michele Swanson. Subscribe to TWiM (free) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Android, RSS, or by emai…
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Roving hypocrisy, legacy admissions, and magical hierarchies, oh my! Shaun Duke and Brandon O’Brien are joined by Kacen Callender to discuss their newest novel, Infinity Alchemist. Together, they explore the novel’s treatment of magical schools, its themes of wealth and power, the weirdness of alchemy, and so much more! Thanks for listening. We hop…
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Weird Kermit, questionable friends, and terrifying dogs, oh my! Shaun Duke and Daniel Haeusser join forces to discuss Through the Night Like a Snake, a new collection of Latin American horror stories (in translation) from Two Lines Press. Together, they explore the collection’s themes, the ways the authors explore the concept of horror, serial kill…
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TWiM discusses the identification of natural products from reconstructed ancient bacterial genomes, and how plant mRNAs move into a fungal pathogen via extracellular vesicles to reduce infection. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Petra Levin. Become a patron of TWiM. Links for this episode Natural products from ancient bacterial genom…
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Bad hair days, broken systems, and anti-imperial struggle, oh my! Shaun Duke, Trish Matson, and Paul Weimer join forces to discuss science fiction empires! Together, they tease out some of the threads of this massive topic, exploring why empires are so common, what makes them collapse, and more. There may be more to this topic […]…
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ASM's Young Ambassador, Aureliana Chambal, discusses the high incidence of tuberculosis in Mozambique and how improved surveillance can help block disease transmission in low resource settings. Ashley's Biggest Takeaways: Mozambique is severely impacted by the TB epidemic, with one of the highest incidences in Africa (368 cases/ 100,000 people in t…
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TWiM reviews the ongoing cholera outbreak in Africa, and research showing that gut complement induced by the microbiota blocks pathogens and spares commensal bacteria. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Petra Levin and Michele Swanson. Become a patron of TWiM. Links for this episode Cholera in Southern Africa (Africa CDC) Deadly cholera ou…
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Alien secretions, bad poetry, and Jimmy Smits, oh my! Shaun Duke, Jen Zink, and Daniel Haeusser join forces to discuss the 1993 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers! Together, they tell some potentially inappropriate jokes (for work), tackle the film’s role as an adaptation, share their love of (or confusion about) Jimmy Smits,…
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The protozoan Lophomonas has been reported to be a pathogen of humans in a large number of case reports and case series. Most of these case reports describe infections of the respiratory tract. Editors in Conversation is joined by two experts to discuss this possible parasite. Some of the questions addressed include: What are the characteristics of…
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Uplifted otters, competent women, and overconfident aliens, oh my! Shaun Duke, Trish Matson, and Paul Weimer join forces for our first ever Mining the Genre Asteroid subcast. In this special show, we’ll go back in time to lesser known or unfairly forgotten science fiction, fantasy, and horror from before 1980 to explore what wonders are […]…
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The past, the future, and geek plans, oh my! Shaun Duke, Daniel Haeusser, Trish Matson, Paul Weimer, and Brandon O’Brien begin the new 2024 season with some announcements, some jokes, and a whole lotta of their favorite things from 2023 and the thing they’re looking forward to in 2024! The announcements are big ones, too! […]…
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TWiM reveals a new population in the blue cheese-making fungus Penicillium roqueforti and identification of a quorum-sensing autoinducer and siderophore in uropathogenic Escherichia coli. Subscribe to TWiM (free) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Android, RSS, or by email. Become a patron of TWiM. Links for this episode New blue cheese-m…
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Tuberculosis is one of the most deadly infectious diseases that still causes significant burden of disease, particularly in the developing world. The emergence of resistance to first line agents severely limits the therapeutic options and threaten the ability to control dissemination of this disease. Fortunately, new drugs and regimens are now emer…
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TWiM reveals a database of genome sequences of thousands of Mycobaterium tuberculosis, allowing association with resistance phenotypes to 13 antibiotics, and microbe-derived uremic solutes that enhance thrombosis potential in the host. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson. Become a patron of TWiM. Links for this episode M…
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The scientific process has the power to deliver a better world and may be the most monumental human achievement. But when it is unethically performed or miscommunicated, it can cause confusion and division. Drs. Fang and Casadevall discuss what is good science, what is bad science and how to make it better. Get the book! Thinking about Science: Goo…
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TWiM describes the mechanism for the S. aureus itch and scratch induced skin damage, and discovery of a novel class of antibiotics that targets the lipopolysaccharide transporter. Become a patron of TWiM. Links: S. aureus drives itch and scratch behavior (Cell) Staph scratches its itch (Cell) A new class of antibiotics (Nature) A new type of antibi…
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