Fighting Bacteria with Viruses (Originally aired May 1, 2017)
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 676 , Segment 6
Episode: Opioid Crisis, Temple Grandin, Family Access to ICU
- Nov 7, 2017
- 18:08 mins
Guest: Julianne Grose, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University Apple and pear orchard growers suffer hundreds of millions of dollars in losses every year because of a disease called fire blight. First oozing cankers develop on the tree branches and leave streaks that darken to look like the branch has been licked by fire. Infected leaves and blossoms blacken and shrivel, too, like they’ve been burned. The name “fire blight” is apt. Though it’s not caused by extreme heat. It’s actually caused by bacteria and a BYU microbiologist has developed a new way of treating it using viruses that eat bacteria.