Mark Martin returns to TWiM for a discussion of the frightening global burden of bacterial antibiotic resistance, and a solution to the problem of daylight nitrogen fixation in a cyanobacterium, despite the incompatibility of nitrogenase with oxygen produced during photosynthesis.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, Michele Swanson, and Michael Schmidt
Guest: Mark O. Martin
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Links for this episode:
- Global bacterial antimicrobial resistance (Nat Micro)
- Cancer moon shot (NCI)
- When antibiotics don’t work (TED)
- Cyanobacterium buoyancy (Nat Micro)
Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.
Send your microbiology questions and comments to email@example.com
Mr. Racaniello asked for questions so I thought I should send one in.
Awhile ago I read a book called Super Genes, that mentioned some experiments concerning the microbiome of the gut.
There was an experiment where they took mice genetically modified to be obese and gave them a fecal matter transplant from mice who where not obese. This resulted in a temporary loss of weight in the originally obese mice. There was no change in their diet. Have any of you looked into this? What are your thoughts on this? Should I stop by local gym and collect some samples?….
Anyways, I apologize if this topic has come up before, I usually listen to TWiN and TWiV, but my curiosity was piqued by the antibiotic resistance mention in the title.
Thank you for your time,