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 or at

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

A version of the microbial enzyme that fixes nitrogen can also convert carbon dioxide to methane!

Bacteria that contain tiny magnets can generate an electric current!

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

Adding adapters to anti-cancer virus helps it avoid destruction by the body so it can target the tumors!

Very small ocean algae consume bacterial prey of a similar size to themselves by engulfing them only partially!

Protein bags of gas in bacteria could help make ultrasound imaging more versatile!

Phages may be passing through the barriers in our body all the time!

Very radiation-resistant bacteria can protect other, less-resistant microbes from some of the effects of chronic radiation!

Some bacteria can defend themselves from bacterial predators by producing cyanide!

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