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Phage hunt so far…

As if I were mining for gold, I had been digging and scraping soil samples from different locations within Auckland. With each sample I had collected, I sensed hope; that I would perhaps find gold. Bacteriophages (phages) are like specs of gold found in dirt, they hold potential … Continue reading

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A Killing Machine, a Chicken, a Group of Heartless Monsters & You

The concept of a lifeless machine made of DNA and protein hijacking the innards of a living being to then use these innards to replicate itself is frightening. For this machine to replicate in such numbers that the unfortunate host … Continue reading

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Trust the Process

It’s fair to say that the phage journey so far has taken me by surprise. For someone who is more passionate about chemistry, physics and mathematics I did not expect to enjoy my time in the laboratory as much as … Continue reading

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My Phage Hunt Experience

After thinking about what to write for my blog post, I decided to write about my experience so far in 246.202. However rather than be proactive, and finish my blog post early. I was…unproductive and left it to sit. Now … Continue reading

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Bacteria Wars Episode 5. The Bubonic Strikes Back!

Just a mere 150 years ago, a small cut could easily seal your fate. Just a small cut, enough to form what was one of the greatest killers in human history. Infection! An infection can be a multitude of things, … Continue reading

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When life gives you mould, make penicillin.

You’re lying in a bath with water over 50 degrees. There isn’t much time; veins under your skin are pulsating in distress. In seconds heatstroke paralyses your body. Your vessels expand, dragging the blood to the surface. Sweat emanates, pooling … Continue reading

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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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