Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Graham Hatfull
Vincent, Alan, and Rich hear from Professor Graham Hatfull how students in the Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education (PHIRE) program learn about scientific inquiry by doing research on bacteriophages.
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Links for this episode:
- Bacteriophage Research: Gateway to learning science
- Mycobacterium smegmatis at NCBI
- Prof. Steve Cresawn
- Scientist infected with computer virus (thanks, Jason!)
- The Invisible ABCs
- Letters read on TWiV 87
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This is unrelated to this TWiV, but I think that you should do another contest similar to the one with the question, “Can influenza be made to infect bacteria and, if so, how?” Obviously it should be a different question/writing topic, but I think it's good to get the listener's to put their thinking caps (and imagination caps) on and thinking really deeply about viruses and how they interact with cells. Even if the prize for the winner were very modest (or if there were no prize at all!) it would still be a fun activity.
I think a good prize would be a copy of Principles of Virology. ^_^
That's the required text for the virology course I will be taking my Junior year and having the opportunity to try and win a copy (copies? since it's two volumes…) would be so much fun!