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BacterioFiles 238 - Forcing Fungal Familiarization

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)

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TWiV 272: Give peas a chance

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BacterioFiles 237 - Proving Protist Predation Parentage

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)

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BacterioFiles 239 - Familial Pheromones Fight faecalis

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

TWiV 313: With viruses like these, who needs enemas?


Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss how norovirus, an enteric virus, can replace the functions of the gut microbiome.

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Cyanine dyes - Non-sulfonated and Sulfonated cyanines Lumiprobe explains

Sulfonated and non-sulfonated cyanines exhibit very similar fluorescent properties. Non-sulfonated cyanines must be dissolved in organic co-solvent (DMF or DMSO) prior to use, and added to a solution of target molecule in aqueous buffers. Recommended volume of co-solvent should be 10% for Cy3, C... Read More

TWiP 88: French foreign lesion

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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TWiV 278: Flushing HIV down the zinc

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TWiV 315: Must be something in the water

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.

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BacterioFiles 163 - Pseudomyrmex Sidekicks Stop Sprout Sickness

This episode: Ants teaming with bacteria help defend plants from bacterial pathogens!

(9.4 MB, 10.2 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 199 - Prokaryote Protein Provokes Problem

This episode: A protein from gut bacteria has been tentatively linked with a human protein related to eating disorders!

(11.4 MB, 12.4 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 227 - Microbe Menaces Meningitis

This episode: Colonizing ourselves with friendly bacteria could drive out more risky ones, such as those that cause meningitis!

(9.8 MB, 10.6 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 162 - Desert Dwellers Densify Dunes

This episode: Spraying cyanobacteria could turn deserts into useful land!

(9.3 MB, 10.13 minutes)

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TWiM #125: A minimal cell operating system

A deep sequencing study of commercially available probiotics, and design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome are the topics tackled by Vincent, Michael, and Michele on this episode of TWiM.

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BacterioFiles 216 - Probiotic Promotes Peanut Permissiveness

This episode: Kate Franz and Matt Woodruff from Audiommunity join me to talk about a clinical trial of peanut immunotherapy with probiotics to treat peanut allergies!

(29 MB, 31.75 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 235 - Dust DNA Detectives with Dr. Dunn

This episode: I talk with Dr. Rob Dunn about his team's research into determining where a dust sample comes from based on the microbes present in it!

(12.6 MB, 13.7 minutes)

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MMP #5: Fruitflies, microbes, and aggression with Jeremy Brownlie

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

BacterioFiles 248 - Tiny Travelers Transport Toxin Trashers

This episode: Bacteria that swarm around in groups carry other bacteria with them that can be helpful for degrading toxins!

(14.2 MB, 15.5 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 242 - Corporeal Communities Create Characterizing Codes

This episode: Features of the microbial communities of people's bodies could be used to identify individuals!

(11.3 MB, 12.3 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 166 - Metamorphosis Microbes Mapped

This episode: Discovering how butterflies' bacteria change from caterpillar to adult!

(7.5 MB, 8.1 minutes)

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