Monday, February 20, 2017

BacterioFiles 287 - Producing Potent Pathogen Prophylaxes

Streptococcus pneumoniae
Credit: CDC/M.S. Mitchell
This episode: Polymer-coated bacteria make really good vaccines!

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Show notes:
News item

Journal Paper:
Li Y, Beitelshees M, Fang L, Hill A, Ahmadi MK, Chen M, Davidson BA, Knight P, Smith RJ, Andreadis ST, Hakansson AP, Jones CH, Pfeifer BA. 2016. In situ pneumococcal vaccine production and delivery through a hybrid biological-biomaterial vector. Sci Adv 2:e1600264.

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  • Fiber stops microbes from eating protective gut mucus
  • Potential new antibiotics predicted and discovered in human microbes
  • Bacteria communicate to work together against viruses
  • Root bacteria help protect plants against arsenic and infections
  • Fungus helps plants defend themselves against roundworms

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    Monday, February 13, 2017

    BacterioFiles 286 - Prokaryote Prevents Pregnancy Pathogen

    This episode: Bacteria in mosquito cells can block transmission of Zika virus!

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    Show notes:
    News item

    Journal Paper:
    Aliota MT, Peinado SA, Velez ID, Osorio JE. 2016. The wMel strain of Wolbachia Reduces Transmission of Zika virus by Aedes aegypti. Sci Rep 6:28792.

    Other interesting stories:
  • Modified bacteria change behavior as temperature changes
  • Ants' bacteria produce antifungal compounds (paper)
  • Gut microbes may be related to macular degeneration
  • E. coli could be used to make vaccines (paper)
  • Using bacteria to produce testosterone (paper)

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    Monday, February 6, 2017

    BacterioFiles 285 - Sultry Snow Cell Sun Screen

    Red snow
    By Will Beback, CC BY-SA 3.0
    This episode: Algae growing in Arctic snow make red pigments that heat up their surroundings!

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    Show notes:
    News item

    Journal Paper:
    Lutz S, Anesio AM, Raiswell R, Edwards A, Newton RJ, Gill F, Benning LG. 2016. The biogeography of red snow microbiomes and their role in melting arctic glaciers. Nat Commun 7:11968.

    Other interesting stories:
  • Bacterial species benefit from losing genes they don't need
  • Soil fungi help plants grow better in salty conditions (paper)
  • Bacterial predators actually help treat infection in rats
  • Some bacteria produce methane while harvesting phosphorus (paper)
  • Probiotics could help treat skin problems (paper)

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