Other than the title Kool & The Gang − Celebration suggests, this post is not about the R&B band of past glories and their biggest hit, but instead celebrates the true "cool kids", mushrooms − biologically correct fungi − and their "hypothermic nature", studied by Cordero et al. (2023).
Elio wrote A table for Two many years ago, about the surprising observation that the Gram‑negative bacterium Vibrio vulnificus can be preyed upon simultaneously by a bacteriophage and a "bacteriovorous" bacterium. He could not have figured that the single image in his piece is a perfect vignette for the greatly increased interest...
Today for a change a movie review : The remake of the 1967 classic Le bal des vampires by Roman Polanski. ... They had casted Caulobacter crescentus as the innkeeper's pretty daughter Sarah, and as the villain Count von Krolock none other than Bdellovibrio exovorus (no, not the better known Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus).
Anyone who has worked in a microbiology lab can empathize with the anguish of having a contaminant ruin your experiment. In many cases, such as in clinical laboratories or in the food industry, contaminants can prove devastating and challenging to control. When dealing with environmental samples, on the other hand, contaminants are the norm.
by Sarah Camara-Wilpert and David Mayo-Muñoz
Bacteria, just like humans, are frequently infected by viruses (bacteriophages or phages). Phages replicate at the expense of their hosts, killing them and the process releases hundreds of progeny into the environment to complete their life cycle. The end of bacteria? Not so fast!
This past October 9th, microbiology lost an extraordinary member when Andrew Wright died. Those of us fortunate to have interacted with him over the years lost a very good friend. Even on a first meeting it was impossible not to sense his kindness and genuine interest in the conversation, underscored by his gentle smile and an endearing Scottish accent.
In storytelling, there is a famous principle called Chekhov's gun. "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise, don't put it there." This pithy (and very debatable) directive, attributed to the eponymous playwright, smells a whole lot like the (similarly very debatable) viewpoint of adaptationism...