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Here's my summary of the third day of ASM2013, wherein I met with neat people and ideas. Download Episode (4.3 MB, 4.6 minutes) Session 1: Microbe-Microbe Interactions - Cell Contact-Dependent Outer Membrane Exchange in Myxobacteria Presented by Dan Wall Myxobacteria are super cool, a fascinating example of complex cooperative behavior in relatively simple single-celled organisms. They swarm around eating other bacteria until they get low on food, at which point they gather together to […]
Here's my summary of the second day of ASM2013, an exciting day full of science. Download Episode (7.36 MB, 8 minutes) Session 1: Pumping at the Microbial Well Section 1: Advanced Plant to Advanced Fuel Presented by Jay D. Keasling, In order to produce long-chain carbon compounds for diesel and jet fuels, it is possible to engineer bacteria like E. coli to produce them the way they produce long fatty acids for their membranes, but in a better form for extraction. Also, plants produce […]
I went to the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, in Denver, Colorado, and I wanted to share some of the fascinating science that I experienced. So here's my summary of the first day! Download Episode (6.45 MB, 7 minutes) Section 1: I missed it because Denver is confusing and it took me so long to find parking. Apparently it was interesting, though, discussing how a certain bacterium, Caulobacter crescentus, divides into two daughter cells, one that holds onto a […]
This episode: Green algae's hydrogen production is analyzed and improved! Download Episode (3.8 MB, 4.1 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Scientists take protein from flesh-eating bacteria and make useful adhesive Fungus from horse gut could be good for breaking down plant material for biofuels Dogs are an important influence on our microbiota Bacterial fossils could contain evidence of an ancient supernova E. coli modified to produce imitation […]
This episode: Soil microbe has a good enzyme for degrading cyanide pollution! Download Episode (4.2 MB, 4.5 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Company developing virus to treat cancer Prions help fungi regulate their multicellularity History and status of phage therapy Protists from termite gut named after elder gods Screening many chemicals, scientists found some that increase algal oil production Post questions or comments here or email to bacteriofiles at […]
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