Tag Archives: bacteriophage

The Mount Rushmore of Bacteriophages

Mount Rushmore. A mountain in the black hills, of Keystone, South Dakota USA. Depicting the faces, of four of the most influential men in America’s early history. Now I know what you are thinking. Why are you talking about this…? … 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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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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Fenn 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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Te Ao o ngā Huakita me ngā Huaketo: The world of Bacteria and Viruses

Tēnā koutou katoa.  Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, ki ngā manuhiri o taku pae tukutuku. Welcome everyone to my blog. Those of you who know me, will know that science is my niche and I often get very excited … Continue reading

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The Pioneers of Phage Virology

One of the most surprising things for me in starting my ‘phage journey’ was just how long we have known about bacteriophages and their potential.  And yet we still have so much to learn!  It made me curious as to … Continue reading

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Final Phage Adventures :(

Why hello there phellow phage phriends! Thanks for deciding to read my blog, the third instalment of my adventures in the phage lab thus far! Comparing a phage to a child?? A lot has happened since my last blog and … Continue reading

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What do vampires and antibiotic resistant bacteria have in common?

Well that is a good question indeed! And the answer may lie within a simple onion and garlic remedy! We are all familiar with the classic tales that tell of vampires being fought off with garlic, but can the simple clove of garlic be … Continue reading

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