This episode: Phages eavesdrop on bacterial communications to attack at the perfect moment!
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: Phages may be passing through the barriers in our body all the time!
This episode: Phage therapy can work very well when combined with an effective immune response from the host!
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: 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: Even organisms as simple as viruses can communicate with each other!
This episode: Viruses infecting photosynthetic bacteria could transfer immunity to other viruses between their hosts!