SoT 209: Silly Season For Worms

December 9, 2015

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday.

Chinese scientists have found bacteria that are resistant to one the ‘last resort’ antibiotics. The gene for this resistance has been found in 15 percent of meat samples and can spread to other bacteria very easily.

Biologists at Tufts University have induced flatworms to grow the heads and brains of other flatworm species, without altering the worm’s genome.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the tardigrade, or ‘water bear’. This tiny but nearly indestructible creature has the most foreign genes of any animal studied so far – roughly one sixth of it’s genome comes from other species.