Jesse Noar

Jesse Noar

Jesse Noar is microbiologist with a PhD from North Carolina State University and Bachelor's from Cornell. Most of his research has focused on the amazing abilities and potential uses of bacteria, especially those found in soil. Jesse hosts the BacterioFiles podcast highlighting the most interesting recent microbiology research on all kinds of different microbes, part of the ASM family of podcasts. Learn more at asm.org/bacteriofiles or at www.bacteriofiles.com.

Phage therapy can work very well when combined with an effective immune response from the host!

Paraprobiotics, or killed probiotic bacteria, are studied for health effects, but results and study design are questionable!

Figuring out the best way to study the spread of a fungus that kills an invasive tree-eating caterpillar pest!

Certain transposons, genetic elements that move around the genome on their own, have co-opted the bacterial immune system, CRISPR, to use for jumping to new hosts!

Unlike most animals, caterpillars don't seem to have a resident gut microbe to help them in various ways!

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!

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

New type of secretion system discovered that bacteria use to stab amoeba predators to escape their digestion!

Phages bound to magnetic nanoparticles can be guided and pulled toward their target, penetrating biofilms to kill harmful microbes!

Gut microbes in mice break down plant foods and produce molecules that stimulate the immune system to resist influenza!

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