Oldest Bacteria/ Microbiology Update

Guests: Russell Vreeland Professor, Biology West Chester University West Chester, Pennsylvania Michael Schmidt Professor, Microbiology and Immunology Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, South Carolina John Heidelberg Assistant Investigator The Institute for Genomic Research Rockville, Maryland Last week, scientists announced that they isolated bacteria 250 million-years-old—by far, the oldest living creatures ever found. In this hour, we'll talk about this discovery, and why some bacteria are so hardy, able to withstand attack from chemicals and radiation. Plus, harmful and helpful bacteria, and why scientists are decoding their genomes.

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