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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.

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!

Bacteria with various gene knockouts help roundworms live longer and with less disease!

Sunday, 10 December 2017 21:22

Fortified Fungi Fight Fevers - BacterioFiles 320

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Fungi modified to produce spider and scorpion toxins kill malaria-transmitting mosquitoes extra fast!

Sunday, 03 December 2017 21:33

Mycelial Moisture Magnanimity - BacterioFiles 319

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Filament network-forming organisms like fungi can transfer nutrients and moisture to bacteria in harsher conditions!

Bacteria that prey on other bacteria could help keep corals healthy!