This episode: Engineering yeast to control their metabolism using light and dark for the production of advanced biofuels and chemicals!
This episode: The bacterial immune system, CRISPR-Cas, can enhance gene transfer via transduction (phages carrying bacteria DNA) despite preventing it via conjugation!
This episode: Some bacteria that can cause pneumonia can prevent other bacteria from doing the same!
This episode: A harmless strain of bacteria on the skin produces a compound that can prevent tumors from forming!
This episode: A new giant virus has genes for a surprisingly complete system of protein synthesis!
This episode: A version of the microbial enzyme that fixes nitrogen can also convert carbon dioxide to methane!
This episode: Bacteria that contain tiny magnets can generate an electric current!
This episode: Giant viruses produce DNA-packing proteins that seem to have branched off from eukaryotes far back in evolutionary history!
This episode: Adding adapters to anti-cancer virus helps it avoid destruction by the body so it can target the tumors!
This episode: Very small ocean algae consume bacterial prey of a similar size to themselves by engulfing them only partially!