This episode: Phage therapy can work very well when combined with an effective immune response from the host!
This episode: Paraprobiotics, or killed probiotic bacteria, are studied for health effects, but results and study design are questionable!
This episode: Figuring out the best way to study the spread of a fungus that kills an invasive tree-eating caterpillar pest!
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!
This episode: Unlike most animals, caterpillars don't seem to have a resident gut microbe to help them in various ways!
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!
This episode: A plasmid discovered in Antarctic archaea can create virus-like particles, membrane vesicles, and transfer itself to new hosts!
This episode: New type of secretion system discovered that bacteria use to stab amoeba predators to escape their digestion!
This episode: Phages bound to magnetic nanoparticles can be guided and pulled toward their target, penetrating biofilms to kill harmful microbes!
This episode: Gut microbes in mice break down plant foods and produce molecules that stimulate the immune system to resist influenza!
This episode: Learning about endosymbionts by comparing bacteria living inside eukaryotes to their free-living cousins!
This episode: Figuring out how mushrooms launch their spores out using a trick of water surface tension!
This episode: Hot spring archaea prefer to use elements that give them less energy even when more energetic options are available!
This episode: I talk with Dr. Walter Sandoval-Espinola, a researcher from Paraguay, now a postdoc at Harvard, about his discovery that biofuel-producing bacteria Clostridium beijerinckii can also transform CO2 and carbon monoxide into biofuels!
Happy New Year! This episode: Fungal endophytes transferred from healthy adult plant leaf litter help baby cacao plants resist disease!