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: Very small ocean algae consume bacterial prey of a similar size to themselves by engulfing them only partially!
This episode: Some bacteria living around plants can become pathogenic just by gaining a few genes!
This episode: Fecal microbiota transplants work just as well when taken in pill form as when delivered through a tube!
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: Figuring out the best way to study the spread of a fungus that kills an invasive tree-eating caterpillar pest!
This episode: Unlike most animals, caterpillars don’t seem to have a resident gut microbe to help them in various ways!
This episode: A plasmid discovered in Antarctic archaea can create virus-like particles, membrane vesicles, and transfer itself to new hosts!
This episode: Hot spring archaea prefer to use elements that give them less energy even when more energetic options are available!