Category Archives: Plasmids

What Does “Human Antibiotics” Mean?

Because, like Honey Badger, bacteria just don’t give a shit what they’re called. Recently, Tyson Food, the largest U.S. poultry producer, announced they’re changing their antibiotic use policies (boldface mine): Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) said today it is striving … Continue reading

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Rose At Dusk

With all of the New York City Ebola-related madness, here’s a quiet image for you (observed on 16th Street, Northwest D.C.): And a closeup:

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The Colicin Plasmid Persistence Problem

Yesterday, I described an interesting paper that provides a potential solution to the plasmid persistence problem–how do bacterial mini-chromosomes that can jump from bacterium to bacterium survive? Not only does this paper shed some light on the ‘plasmid persistence problem’, … Continue reading

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Salmonella, E. coli, and Plasmids, Oh My! Solving the Plasmid Persistence Problem and the Virtues of Open Non-Equilibrium Models

Ed Yong has some very good coverage of a recent PNAS paper that describes how bacterial mini-chromosomes, known as plasmids and that often carry disease-related or antibiotic resistance genes, can jump from bacterium to bacterium at really high rates when … Continue reading

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Some More Thoughts About the German E. coli Outbreak

A very wild weekend.
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Antibiotic Resistance, Information, and the Unyielding Stupidity of the Creationist Movement

“Antibiotic resistance always evolves from a loss of information.” STOOPID, THEY HAZ IT.
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Jonathan Eisen Asks About Finishing Microbial Genomes…and the Mad Biologist Answers

In about a year, we’ll have very little need for complete finishing, unless the biological question specifically requires it.
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