On episode #18 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent, Michael, Elio, and Stanley explain how to make the human intestinal commensal and benign laboratory bacterium Escherichia coli K-12 into an invasive organism, and the unearthing of century-old spores in New York City.
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Links for this episode:
- Conversion of E. coli K-12 to an invasive form (mBio)
- Pedigree of E. coli K-12 (pdf)
- The facade of E. coli K-12 (Small Things Considered)
- Unearthing of century old bacteria in NYC (ABC News)
- Bacteria in 30,000 year old salt crystals (Geology)
- Old bacteria in ice
- Old, small, cold… (Small Things Considered)
- IP6 mediated autoprocessing of bacterial toxins (PloS Path)
- Letters read on TWiM #18
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