Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss the association of a virus with sea star melting disease, and the finding of a phycodnavirus in the oropharynx of humans with altered cognitive functions.
Fr... Read More
This episode: Viruses can cause host cells to inhibit other viruses!
(8 MB, 8.75 minutes)
Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss how norovirus, an enteric virus, can replace the functions of the gut microbiome.
This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria!
(10.2 MB, 11.2 minutes)
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
This episode: Bacteria from wastewater treatment sludge can produce lots of biodegradable plastic!
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This episode: Engineering bacteria to convert cellulose directly into useful biofuels and chemicals can be tricky!
(13.9 MB, 15.2 minutes)
Organisms grown on MacConkey Agar at 37 degrees for 24 hours.
-Important Ingredients: crystal violet, bile salts, neutral red (color indicator), lactose
-Differential: used to identify and isolate lactose fermenting G- enteric bacteria mainly Enterobacteriaceae. Strong lactose fermentation pr... Read More
The TWiPtastic trio solves the case of the Surfer from Switzerland, and reveal how taste-chemosensory tuft cells in the gut regulate immune responses to parasites.
This episode: Gut bacteria seem to help ants with very restrictive diets flourish more!
(10.6 MB, 11.5 minutes)
Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Jeremy Brownlie.
Jeremy Brownlie of Griffıth University in Brisbane, Australia, talks with Jeff Fox about how bacteria influence aggressive behavior in an animal. Fruit flies infected with the wMelPop strain of Wolbachia were less aggressive than the... Read More
Vincent, Elio, and Michele present cell division by longitudinal scission in an insect symbiont, and thermally activated charge transport in microbial nanowires.
This episode: Bacteria around rice roots help protect plants from arsenic toxicity!
(10.1 MB, 11 minutes)
This episode: Being raised with their mother and breastmilk vs. bottle-fed in a nursery significantly affects macaque microbiomes and their immune system profile!
(7.7 MB, 8.4 minutes)
This episode: Bacteria living in plants seem to be contributing to plants' nutrition, possibly reducing the need for fertilizer!
(17.5 MB, 19.15 minutes)
This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes!
(10 MB, 10.8 minutes)