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An Accidental Breakthrough: Bacteriophage Discovery

Based largely on The Forgotten Cure (2012) by Anna Kuchment . Bacteriophages are incredibly tiny bacteria-killing viruses that most people don’t even know about, let alone think about often. You may however have noticed a bit of a theme in … Continue reading

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What is Life?

For a change I think I will start this blog by talking about one of my other courses rather than the phage hunt course I am supposed to talk about. Instead I will discuss astronomy. One of the most interesting … Continue reading

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Antibiotics and Microbiomes

As I mentioned in my previous blog “Antibiotic resistance and what we can do about it”, antibiotic resistance is big problem we are currently facing. Every usage of antibiotics contributes to the resistance problem and therefore we need to reduce … Continue reading

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Phage Hunt: The Phinal Phrontier

To keep the continuation of these blogs going I thought I’d, again, talk about the adventures of lab work. In the last blog post, we had reached the stage of DNA sequencing as our samples had just been sent off … Continue reading

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A Phage of a Different Colour

Throughout the year, our team of phage hunters has been focused on bacteriophages (phages) which specialise in infecting Mycobacterium smegmatis bacteria.  Mycobacterium smegmatis replicates quickly and is non-pathogenic (Smith, 2003), making it an appropriate model organism to safely study other … Continue reading

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Phage Hunt was my Phavorite

The hunt for bacteriophages has been my phavorite course this year.  Here is why: 1) Fun, supportive, enthusiastic and adventurous.  These are the qualities that our Phage Whānau (family) embodies. 2) Tauira (student) working along side tauira, encouraging one another … Continue reading

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Mycobacterium smegmatis – Why are we hunting for phages that infect this species of bacteria?

If you’ve read any of the other posts on this Phage Hunt NZ blog, you may already know a little about the struggles us hunters go through to find phages. The ultimate aim of our hunt is to discover brand … Continue reading

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The end of Illness?

William Stewart the surgeon general of the United States of America has said “The time has come to close the book on infectious diseases. We have basically wiped out infection in America”. This sounds like pretty good news for a change doesn’t it? … Continue reading

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When lab safety goes wrong.

  Aseptic technique in the microbiology lab is really important with the main aim being to avoid contamination.  Even in the lab there is risk of contamination everywhere, especially when working with highly contagious strains of bacteria. This contamination can … Continue reading

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Mushball’s Big Day Out

Happy life. Just me and my compost. I must admit, it does smell in here from all the food scraps. Such a waste, which makes me wonder why Homo Sapiens even eat? I can survive! All I need is my … Continue reading

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