Category: Bacteriology

BacterioFiles 326 – Ciliate Symbionts Selected Separately

This episode: Learning about endosymbionts by comparing bacteria living inside eukaryotes to their free-living cousins! Thanks to Dr. Vittorio Boscaro for his contribution! Download Episode (9.7 MB, 10.6 minutes) Show notes: Microbe of the episode:...

BacterioFiles 327 – Microbe Metabolite Meliorates Malaise

This episode: Gut microbes in mice break down plant foods and produce molecules that stimulate the immune system to resist influenza! Thanks to Drs. Ashley Steed and Thaddeus Stappenbeck for their contributions! Download Episode (9...

BacterioFiles 328 – Focused Phages Fight Films

This episode: Phages bound to magnetic nanoparticles can be guided and pulled toward their target, penetrating biofilms to kill harmful microbes! Download Episode (9.6 MB, 10.4 minutes) Show notes: Microbe of the episode: Veillonella alcalescens...

BacterioFiles 331 – Password Protein Poisons Pairings

This episode: How social bacteria societies function: by sharing enzyme packages with each other that can contain toxins that are deadly for rivals but not for friends! Thanks to Chris Vasallo for his contribution!...

BacterioFiles 332 – Moth Minors Missing Microbes

This episode: Unlike most animals, caterpillars don’t seem to have a resident gut microbe to help them in various ways! Thanks to Tobin Hammer for his contribution! Download Episode (14 MB, 15.3 minutes) Show notes:...

BacterioFiles 333 – Transposons Take Targeting Tool

This episode: Certain transposons, genetic elements that move around the genome on their own, have co-opted the bacterial immune system, CRISPR, to use for jumping to new hosts! Thanks to Dr. Joseph Peters for...