Tagged: bacteriophage

Anti-CRISPR ‘Get out of jail free’ card uncovered - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 14, 2016

By Dr Heather Hendrickson, Senior Lecturer, Massey University The microbial world is an invisible war zone where tiny combatants – bacteria, viruses, molds and amoebae – are fiercely competing for resources. In this microbial melee there are no pulled punches and anything goes. The viruses that attack bacterial cells are called bacteriophages and there are estimated to be ~10 of … Read More

Monday Micro – smart viruses - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 04, 2013

I’ve always loved bacteriophage, the spaceship-like viruses which prey on bacteria*. They really do look like something from another planet. Phage are abundant in nature, found everywhere, from soil and water, to the guts of animals. They have two different life cycles; in the lytic cycle they infect bacteria, replicate themselves and then lyse and … Read More