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: 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: 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!
This episode: Roundworms and not-too-irritating bacteria quickly evolve a beneficial relationship when under threat from other bacterial pathogens! Download Episode (8 MB,8 minutes) Microbe of the episode: Siegesbeckia yellow vein betasatellite News item Show Notes Journal…
This episode: Combining cells with light-absorbing nanomaterials can help tumor-targeting bacteria produce more anticancer compound!
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!