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: Phages may be passing through the barriers in our body all the time!
This episode: Some bacteria living around plants can become pathogenic just by gaining a few genes!
This episode: Gut microbe transplants from wild mice protect lab mice from disease!
This episode: A simplified bacterial community in mouse guts doesn’t have much community structure, relative to other body areas!
This episode: Phage therapy can work very well when combined with an effective immune response from the host!
This episode: Gut microbes in mice break down plant foods and produce molecules that stimulate the immune system to resist influenza!
Happy New Year! This episode: Fungal endophytes transferred from healthy adult plant leaf litter help baby cacao plants resist disease!