TWiM 29: Death and an iron-loaded spike

21 March 2012

On episode #29 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent and Stanley review how a phage pierces the cell membrane with an iron-loaded spike, and two programmed cell death systems in E. coli.

You can find TWiM #29 at microbeworld.org/twim.

  • Charlotte

    Sorry for the typo… It was 65 F (not C) in Berkeley. Charlotte

  • Junio C Hamano

    While looking at http://htwins.net/scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white it struck me that it would be super cool if these spikes opened once inside the cell membrane like drywall anchors, allowing the DNA molecule to pass through them, instead of simply falling off.