Monday, July 27, 2015

BacterioFiles 222 - Cells Store Solar Sparks

The setup. Torella et al. 2015
This episode: Bacteria engineered to produce liquid fuel can eat carbon dioxide and hydrogen from solar-powered water-splitting!

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Show notes:
Journal Paper

Other interesting stories:
  • Some bugs need their vitamin-producing microbes, but kill them to harvest the vitamins
  • How specific gut microbes influence immune system (paper)
  • Bacteria used to produce various food ingredients
  • Bacteria could produce polyester beads that bind specific proteins (paper)
  • Rainforest bacteria could help plants grow better in poorer soil (paper)

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    Monday, July 13, 2015

    BacterioFiles 221 - Co-culture Close Contact, Cats, and Cockerels

    More related than some bacteria
    This episode: More distantly related bacteria can help each other grow (and produce lots of hydrogen) by temporarily fusing with each other!

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    Show notes:
    News item/Journal Paper
    Bacterial close contact
    Note: I said C. acetobutylicum was used in WWII to make acetone for bombs, but it was actually World War I, used to make cordite, a replacement for gunpowder.

    Other interesting stories:
  • Gut microbes can affect brain's defensive barrier in mice
  • Getting E. coli to produce higher amounts of nice-smelling biofuel compounds
  • Using fungi to control avocado-damaging pests
  • Bacterial proteins used to modify human cells' immune signaling (paper)
  • Worm gut bacteria could help degrade plastic waste

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    Monday, July 6, 2015