TWiM 29: Death and an iron-loaded spike

On episode #29 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent and Stanley review how a phage pierces the cell membrane with an iron-loaded spike, and two programmed cell death systems in E. coli.

You can find TWiM #29 at

2 thoughts on “TWiM 29: Death and an iron-loaded spike”

  1. Junio C Hamano

    While looking at it struck me that it would be super cool if these spikes opened once inside the cell membrane like drywall anchors, allowing the DNA molecule to pass through them, instead of simply falling off.

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