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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.

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

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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!

The bacterial immune system, CRISPR-Cas, can enhance gene transfer via transduction (phages carrying bacteria DNA) despite preventing it via conjugation!

Some bacteria that can cause pneumonia can prevent other bacteria from doing the same!

A harmless strain of bacteria on the skin produces a compound that can prevent tumors from forming!

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!

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