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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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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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Antibiotic resistance and what we can do about it

Something that has really struck me this year is learning about antibiotic resistance. It is such a widespread issue that affects every single one of us. So, let’s start at the beginning… What are antibiotics?   Antibiotics are widely used … 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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Phages: Nature’s (very) tiny demolition teams

  Okay, so as a result of me being the procrastinator that I am, everything that needs doing gets done in the mystical land of “tomorrow”. And so here we are, approximately eight months from the time our Phage Hunt … 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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The Phantastic Phage Phind: Rise of Mycobacterium smegmatis

Let us begin! Just before we get into the nitty-gritty of this microbiology stuff, I’ll go through a couple of frequently asked questions for any of you new to this phantastic phage blog. Well of course the main one is; … Continue reading

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Soil Sampling: A bacteriophage is to a tube of dirt as a human being is to ______ _____________.

A student question I received this week by e-mail: In regards to our soil samples, would it be best to collect them in the morning or can we do it today? I’ve mapped out all of my places, I just … Continue reading

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