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I'm a microbiology PhD from North Carolina State University who finds microbes continually fascinating. I'm working on ways to see just how good for us bacteria can be, and in order to share my enthusiasm for discoveries made by others or myself, I created BacterioFiles.

Back in early 2009 when science podcasts first caught my interest, I looked around to see if I could find any up-to-date podcasts that were focused on microbiology. There were a few, but they mostly seemed to focus on the negative aspects of bacteria or viruses that cause disease. I wanted news about how important bacteria and other microbes are, in our bodies, in the environment, and even in our technology, as well as how interesting and diverse they can be. So my path was clear: I had to fill the niche.

That path led to the creation of BacterioFiles, the podcast for microbe lovers, dedicated to promoting the exploration of the mostly-invisible world that is all around us.

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!

Sunday, 18 March 2018 14:40

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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!

Sunday, 11 February 2018 21:42

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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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