Roundworms and not-too-irritating bacteria quickly evolve a beneficial relationship when under threat from other bacterial pathogens!

Published in Bacteriofiles

How studying viruses in extreme environments can give insights into the evolution of life on earth, and whether a virus is actually alive.

Published in microTalk

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
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