Sunday, January 24, 2010

BacterioFiles Episode 4

In this show, I report on four exciting stories: using slime molds to design networks, bacteria working together to reduce environmental damage, a stomach germ that helps prevent tuberculosis, and bacterial colonies that flash in synchrony.

Download Episode (10 MB, 11 minutes)

Download Sections:
Story 1
Story 2
Story 3
Story 4
Ending Comments

Show notes:
Story 1: News item/Journal paper
Story 2: News item/Journal paper
Story 3: News item/Journal paper
Story 4: News item/Journal paper

Nature video for story 4:

Other interesting stories:
**Bacteria detoxify selenium in soil
**Scientists find heat-loving organisms in Arctic waters and trace them to their probable origins
**Distillery plans to use bacteria to digest yeasty waste, using the resulting methane to produce electricity (or power local cars), ultimately reducing costs
**Scientists find that eating lots of apples may lead to more good bacteria in the gut
**Researchers discover that some kinds of bacteria have membrane-bound internal structures, which were once thought to only exist in eukaryotes (like animals and plants)
**Development of a potential probiotic treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Post questions or comments here or email to bacteriofiles at gmail dot com. Thanks for listening!

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