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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.

Monday, 19 September 2016 02:00

Sophisticated Cyanobacterium Sight - BacterioFiles 268

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Spherical cyanobacterium Synechocystis acts like a tiny eyeball in sensing light, allowing cells to move closer to light sources

Monday, 12 September 2016 02:00

Crust Color Cooks Communities - BacterioFiles 267

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Cyanobacteria in biocrusts produce pigments that heat their surroundings up to 10 degrees hotter.

Monday, 05 September 2016 02:00

Solar Cyborg Cells Capture Carbon - BacterioFiles 266

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Adding exotic elements to convert spore-forming bacteria into light-capturing cyborgs that convert carbon dioxide into useful chemicals

Predatory bacteria have a particular protein that protects them from their own prey-damaging enzymes

Monday, 22 August 2016 02:00

Small Cells Stimulate Satiety - BacterioFiles 264

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Proteins from gut bacteria seems to affect hunger and satiety in their (rodent) hosts.

Microscopic parasites of fish and worms actually came from jellyfish-like animals, after losing most of their genome.

Clostridium bacteria that infect potatoes can both kill competitors and tolerate oxygen, thanks to the pink compounds they produce.

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.