This episode: Fruit fly gut microbes can mediate non-genetic traits passed from parents to offspring!
This episode: Women who immigrated to the US from southeast Asia lost much of their gut microbiota diversity, resulting in a microbe community similar to the typical American!
This episode: Bacteria rid themselves of burdensome waste by ejecting it inside little pieces of their own cell, called minicells!
This episode: Dr. Klara Junker joins me to discuss her work on the predatory yeast Saccharomycopsis schoenii that can kill the serious pathogenic yeast Candida auris!
This episode: Engineering other organisms to fix nitrogen by combining the required enzyme components into giant proteins that then get cut into the regular-sized subunit components!
This episode: Intricate networks of tunnels in garnet gemstones seem to have come from tunneling microorganisms!
This episode: Combining all 16 of yeast’s chromosomes into one or two only impairs their growth slightly in the lab, but it prevents them from successful mating with wild yeasts!
This episode: Bringing a fungus that makes zombie flies into the lab makes a good model for studying microbial mind-control!
This episode: Bacteriophages with defenses against bacterial CRISPR defenses have to work together to succeed!
This episode: Some bacteria produce DNA-targeting toxins, which provokes a similar retaliation from other strains. Sometimes this hurts the provoker, but sometimes it is very helpful to them!