bacteriophage_modelHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Cliff Mintz, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter

On episode #6 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Cliff, Michael and Elio review the use of bacteriophages to manage infections, and the presence of antibiotic resistance genes in bacteriophages from urban sewage and river water.

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thumb_biofilm_of_desulfovibrio_desulfuricansHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Cliff Mintz, Michael Schmidt, and Ronald Atlas

On episode #5 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Cliff, Michael and Ron discuss the genome sequence of a mercury-methylating bacterium and the antimicrobial effects of nanoparticles.

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cantaloupe_recallHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Margaret McFall-Ngai, Cliff Mintz, and Michael Schmidt

On episode #4 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Cliff, Margaret, and Michael review foodborne bacterial illness in the context of outbreaks associated with cantaloupes and Lebanon bologna.

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Opening an Anthrax laced letter.Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Cliff Mintz, Jo Handelsman, Ronald Atlas

On episode #3 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Jo, Cliff, and Ron explore the genome analysis done in support of the Amerithrax investigation, and an insecticidal enterotoxin-deficient mutant of Bacillus thurigiensis.

 

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f3_largeHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Cliff Mintz, Michael Schmidt

On episode #2 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Cliff, and Michael review a fatal laboratory acquired Yersinia pestis infection, and how gut bacteria control body weight and metabolic activity.

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neisseria_gonorrhoeaeHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Cliff Mintz, Michael Schmidt, and Stanley Maloy

On episode #1 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Cliff, Michael, and Stan discuss transfer of DNA from a human host to a bacterial pathogen, and the ability of dry copper to kill bacteria on contact.

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