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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.

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

Sunday, 10 June 2018 16:06

Cyanide Stops Cell Suckers - BacterioFiles 342

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

A virus designed to target cancer could also help eliminate hidden HIV infections!

Some bacteria living around plants can become pathogenic just by gaining a few genes!

Fecal microbiota transplants work just as well when taken in pill form as when delivered through a tube!

Gut microbe transplants from wild mice protect lab mice from disease!

A simplified bacterial community in mouse guts doesn't have much community structure, relative to other body areas!

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!

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