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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.

Filament-forming organisms help bacteria swim through soil and exchange genes with each other! Also, new feature: microbe of the episode!

Using predatory bacteria to extract valuable bioplastics from other bacteria.

Gut microbes can even affect formation/remodeling of bones.

Beneficial microbes defend roundworms against a pathogen and pressure it to evolve to cause less disease.

Tiny crustaceans eat paramecia, allowing viruses to infect algae inside them.

Fungus-eating flies transfer viruses that help make fungi less harmful to plants.

Probiotic bacteria prevent deadly infections in mice with serious burns.

Bacteria in finger millet roots create special killing traps for damaging fungi.

Tiny super-resistant animals, tardigrades, make proteins that can directly shield DNA from radiation.

Cyanide-producing bacteria help plants grow, not by harming pathogens but by freeing up nutrients.

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