This episode: Interview with Jordi van Gestel: cheaters in bacterial communities don't always succeed!
(13.1 MB, 14.25 minutes)
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel consider the delivery of anti-trypanosome nanobodies to the tsetse fly via a bacterial symbiont, and present a new case study.
This episode: Carbon monoxide-eating bacteria get modified to produce more useful products!
(16 MB, 17.5 minutes)
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Methyl Red/Vogoes-Proskauer (MR-VP)
One medium used for two separate but related tests, identifying butanediol (VP) or acidic fermentation products (MR) as part of the IMViC test used in the identification of Enterobacteriaceae.
•Methyl Red (MR): detects the ability of an organism to produc... Read More
This episode: Gut bacteria make it possible for coffee berry borer beetles to live entirely on caffeine-rich food!
(6.9 MB, 7.5 minutes)
This episode: Gut microbes enhance the effectiveness of cancer therapies!
(10.7 MB, 11.7 minutes)
Why are obesity, juvenile diabetes and asthma increasing? Is it something in the environment or in our modern lifestyle? Dr. Martin Blaser thinks that it may be due to changes in our microbiome – the ecosystem of tiny microscopic creatures that live in and on us. Learn about his hypothesis th... Read More
This episode: Different bacteria working together can thrive better than when working alone!
(9.9 MB, 10.75 minutes)
This episode: Cancer-killing viruses could work even better when loaded into stem cells!
(8.3 MB, 9 minutes)
This episode: Of genes that are similar in yeast and humans, almost half of the yeast versions are functional when replaced with the human version!
(7.9 MB, 8.5 minutes)
This episode: Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, a predatory bacterium that feeds on Chlorella algae, is currently lost from science, but its genome has been sequenced and interpreted anyway, to reveal a surprising family history!
(9.4 MB, 10.25 minutes)
This episode: Gut bacteria kill their drug-resistant pathogenic cousins of the same species via pheromone signaling!
Just to let you know, I'm trying to finish up my dissertation and graduate in the next few months, so after episode 240, I will be putting the show on hold, at least for... Read More
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Host: Vincent Racaniello
Vincent visits the laboratories of Kit and J... Read More
Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss how norovirus, an enteric virus, can replace the functions of the gut microbiome.
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss how a secreted protein from the protozoan parasite Theileria transforms its host cells via a cellular proto-oncogene.
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Serratia marcescens can form brilliant red colonies on LB agar due to the synthesis of the secondary metabolite prodigiosin. In the Microbiology teaching lab, we had students create pigment mutants of S. marcescens and these lovely shades of pink and white were collected for analysis. Read More