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About Jesse Noar



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.

Engineering other organisms to fix nitrogen by combining the required enzyme components into giant proteins that then get cut into the regular-sized subunit components!

Sunday, 25 November 2018 15:08

Tiny Treasure Tunnels - BacterioFiles 363

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Intricate networks of tunnels in garnet gemstones seem to have come from tunneling microorganisms!

Sunday, 18 November 2018 21:06

Combining Chromosomes - BacterioFiles 362

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Combining all 16 of yeast's chromosomes into one or two only impairs their growth slightly in the lab, but it prevents them from successful mating with wild yeasts!

Bringing a fungus that makes zombie flies into the lab makes a good model for studying microbial mind-control!

Bacteriophages with defenses against bacterial CRISPR defenses have to work together to succeed!

Some bacteria produce DNA-targeting toxins, which provokes a similar retaliation from other strains. Sometimes this hurts the provoker, but sometimes it is very helpful to them!

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

A new giant virus infecting marine algae brings its own genes related to fermentation, generating energy in the absence of oxygen!

Sunday, 23 September 2018 22:42

Beams Boost Bolstered Bacteria - BacterioFiles 356

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Combining cells with light-absorbing nanomaterials can help tumor-targeting bacteria produce more anticancer compound!

Sunday, 09 September 2018 21:57

Photon Factors Favor Fancy Fuels - BacterioFiles 355

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Engineering yeast to control their metabolism using light and dark for the production of advanced biofuels and chemicals!

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