What Makes Blowfish Toxic? | Microbe Minute

ED YONG: These tropical fish have a signature defense. But inside some blowfish is even more protection– a potent toxin made by microbes. [MUSIC PLAYING] The inflated size of blowfish can thwart predators. [MUSIC PLAYING] Those with spines have even more security. [MUSIC PLAYING] And there’s a third defense that some of these fish share. […]

Nature’s Cutest Symbiosis: The Bobtail Squid | I Contain Multitudes

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hello. Yes, it’s me, right here. Being able to turn invisible, or at the very least being incredibly well-camouflaged, is incredibly useful, especially if I was a spy. I’m not a spy. For me, it would be really fun to be able to disappear from view on a whim. But for this creature, […]

A World Without Microbes: An Apocalyptic Thought Experiment | I Contain Multitudes

[MUSIC PLAYING] ED YONG: Imagine wiping out every microbe on Earth, every bacteria, every germ. I’ve done that. That is Professor Jack Gilbert from the University of Chicago. Catastrophic ideas are exciting. Everyone loves a disaster movie. ED: This summer– JACK GILBERT: As a microbe guy, you’ll like this movie. ED: In a world without […]

Your Microbiome: The Invisible Creatures That Keep You Alive!

[SHOW OPENING MUSIC] This episode was sponsored by Audible. [OPENING SHOW MUSIC] Teleport every one of your cells into the next room, and you’d leave a strange shadow behind. A ghostly cloud of single-celled creatures that live on and inside your body. Your microbiome. Zoom in and we can see this cloud is made of […]