A new giant virus has genes for a surprisingly complete system of protein synthesis!

Published in Bacteriofiles

Giant viruses produce DNA-packing proteins that seem to have branched off from eukaryotes far back in evolutionary history!

Published in Bacteriofiles
Thursday, 31 May 2018 22:37

Microbial sibling conflict - TWiM 177

Bacteriophage evolution in a dairy plant, and killing of less fit cells among social microbes.

Published in TWiM
Sunday, 29 April 2018 19:05

The Ileum and the Odyssey - TWiV 491

The evolutionary history of RNA viruses, and immune promotion of murine norovirus pathogenesis by replication in intestinal tuft cells.

Published in TWiV

How social bacteria societies function: by sharing enzyme packages with each other that can contain toxins that are deadly for rivals but not for friends!

Published in Bacteriofiles

A plasmid discovered in Antarctic archaea can create virus-like particles, membrane vesicles, and transfer itself to new hosts!

Published in Bacteriofiles

Vaughn Cooper tells us what bacterial biofilms are, why biofilms differ from test tube environments, and how long-term evolution experiments combined with population genomics are teaching us how bacteria really work.

Why did a giant fungus inspire Stephen Jay Gould to quote Walt Whitman’s “I contain multitudes” way back in 1992?

Published in Microbial Sciences

Ants have learned to farm 50 million years ago, way before humans did. Their crop of choice? Fungus.

Published in Microbial Sciences
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 19:52

The Red Queen meets the White Rabbit - TWiV 457

The distribution of proteins on the influenza viral genome, and the evolution of myxoma virus that was released in Australia to control the rabbit population.

Published in TWiV
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