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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.

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!

Sunday, 01 July 2018 20:08

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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!

Sunday, 10 June 2018 16:06

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

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