Insect gut microbes can be engineered to act as birth control, population control, or disease control for bugs!
Cyanobacteria in biocrusts produce pigments that heat their surroundings up to 10 degrees hotter!
This episode: Predatory bacteria have a particular protein that protects them from their own prey-damaging enzymes!
Proteins from gut bacteria seems to affect hunger and satiety in their (rodent) hosts!
Microscopic parasites of fish and worms actually came from jellyfish-like animals, after losing most of their genome!
Viruses domesticated by parasitoid wasps have transferred wasp genes to caterpillar victims, allowing them to survive deadly infections from other viruses! This means that Monarch butterflies are effectively naturally Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).