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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.

Viruses domesticated by parasitoid wasps have transferred wasp genes to caterpillar victims, allowing them to survive deadly infections from other viruses! This means that Monarch butterflies are effectively naturally Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Bacteria in hydrothermal vents that feed their host tubeworms evacuate when their hosts perish.

In this episode Jesse Noar converses with Dr. Michael Smout about a liver fluke parasite that could help heal chronic wounds more quickly.

Bacterial toxins could be modified to deliver life-saving proteins into neurons.

Bacteria have repeatedly captured and used the tails of phages to fight each other.

Monday, 20 June 2016 02:00

BacterioFiles 256 - Virus Versus Virus

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This episode: Viruses can cause host cells to inhibit other viruses!

(8 MB, 8.75 minutes)

Show notes: 
Journal Paper:
Chiba S, Suzuki N. 2015. Highly activated RNA silencing via strong induction of dicer by one virus can interfere with the replication of an unrelated virus. Proc Natl Acad Sci 112:E4911–E4918.

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This episode: Some bacteria seem to cause slime mold amoebas to carry around other bacteria for food!

(12.4 MB, 13.5 minutes)

Show notes: 
News item

Journal Paper:
DiSalvo S, Haselkorn TS, Bashir U, Jimenez D, Brock DA, Queller DC, Strassmann JE. 2015. Burkholderia bacteria infectiously induce the proto-farming symbiosis of Dictyostelium amoebae and food bacteria. Proc Natl Acad Sci 112:E5029–E5037.

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This episode: Engineering bacteria to convert cellulose directly into useful biofuels and chemicals can be tricky!

(13.9 MB, 15.2 minutes)

Show notes: 
News item

Journal Paper:
Lin PP, Mi L, Morioka AH, Yoshino KM, Konishi S, Xu SC, Papanek BA, Riley LA, Guss AM, Liao JC. 2015. Consolidated bioprocessing of cellulose to isobutanol using Clostridium thermocellum. Metab Eng 31:44–52.

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This episode: In mice and fruit flies, Lactobacillus species induce gut cells to protect themselves from reactive oxygen compounds!

(8.2 MB, 8.9 minutes)

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News item

Journal Paper:
Jones, R. M. et al. Lactobacilli Modulate Epithelial Cytoprotection through the Nrf2 Pathway. Cell Reports 12, 1217–1225 (2015).

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This episode: In mice, high-fat diets affect their gut microbes, which in turn disrupts their circadian cycles and metabolic health!

(8.6 MB, 9.35 minutes)

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News item/Journal Paper
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