Monday, February 17, 2014

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 155 - Cells Save Superannuated Sequences

This episode: Bacteria are able to incorporate DNA from the environment into their genomes, even if it's thousands of years old!

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Show notes:
News item/Journal Paper

Other interesting stories:
**Printing bacteria in 3D could enhance their cooperative abilities (paper)
**Viruses could be used to help shape nanowires in better batteries
**Butyrate-producing gut bacteria help regulate the gut immune system
**Rainforest bacteria break down the toughest parts of plants
**Lab bacteria seem to continue evolving higher fitness indefinitely

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