This episode: Bringing a fungus that makes zombie flies into the lab makes a good model for studying microbial mind-control!
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: A new giant virus infecting marine algae brings its own genes related to fermentation, generating energy in the absence of oxygen!
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: Very small ocean algae consume bacterial prey of a similar size to themselves by engulfing them only partially!
This episode: Phages may be passing through the barriers in our body all the time!