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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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A phage by any other name would smell as sweet – The trials and tribulations of naming your phage

If you’ve ever wandered into the clearance section of your local bookstore I’m sure you’ll have seen at least one book about baby names. Titles like “100,000 Baby Names”, “Cool Names for Babies” and the “The Baby Name Wizard” offer … Continue reading

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The Viralcoaster: My highs and lows

Wow, we are at the end of a semester already!  I don’t know about the rest of my class, but I have been left wanting.  Despite all the time, effort and experience that has been packed into these last 14 … Continue reading

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Super Bugs.

I was stumped as to what to write my blog about so I rang my sister who is studying medicine and asked her if she could give me any inspiration. We proceeded to chat about antibiotic resistance and discussed a … Continue reading

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The Search for Mahuika

Tēnā koutou katoa.  Ngā mihi nui anō ki a koutou, ki ngā manuhiri o taku pae tukutuku. Welcome everyone, again to my blog. In this post I will be sharing with you some of the mahi – work, that I … Continue reading

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Fern the Phage

As I mentioned in my last blog, at the beginning of this semester I found a phage that infects the bacterium Mycobacterium smegmatis. My journey with my phage, who I’ve named Fern, has been interesting and filled with many unexpected … Continue reading

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The adventures of a budding scientist and her so-called bacteriophage.

Welcome back. My relationship with phage lab is one of much uncertainty. One thing I am certain of is that it is testing my usual calm and positive attitude towards life. Science is very much like that and if I … Continue reading

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