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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.

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

Focused Phages Fight Films - BacterioFiles 328

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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!

Learning about endosymbionts by comparing bacteria living inside eukaryotes to their free-living cousins!

Figuring out how mushrooms launch their spores out using a trick of water surface tension!

Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:06

Prokaryote Prefers Poorer Power - BacterioFiles 324

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Hot spring archaea prefer to use elements that give them less energy even when more energetic options are available!

Sunday, 07 January 2018 22:54

Clostridium Capturing Carbon - BacterioFiles 323

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I talk with Dr. Walter Sandoval-Espinola, a researcher from Paraguay, now a postdoc at Harvard, about his discovery that biofuel-producing bacteria Clostridium beijerinckii can also transform CO2 and carbon monoxide into biofuels!

Sunday, 31 December 2017 22:45

Parents' Partners Protect Plants - BacterioFiles 322

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Fungal endophytes transferred from healthy adult plant leaf litter help baby cacao plants resist disease!

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