The TWiM cohort discusses the use of antimicrobial peptides to target specific bacteria in the microbiome, and how the intracellular bacterium Wolbachia selectively kills male hosts.
Links for this episode:
Antimicrobial peptides to modulate microbial ecology (PNAS)
Targeting specific bacteria in the oral microbiome (Trends Micro)
How Wolbachiakills male hosts (PLoS Biol)
Wolbachia phage on TWiV 332
Image: Transmission electron micrograph of Wolbachia within an insect cell.
By: Scott O'Neill - Genome Sequence of the Intracellular Bacterium Wolbachia. PLoS Biol 2/3/2004: e76.