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Jens
2008-Jul-11, 02:47 AM
Personally I'm quite fond of methycillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, though vancomycin-resistant enterococcus is also a real fighter. Do you have favorite bacteria? :)

Ronald Brak
2008-Jul-11, 03:02 AM
Cyborg bacterium! Part natural, part artificial, all bacterium. The body of a bacterium with an aritficial genome. Horribly injured after being impaled by a micropipet, we have the technology to rebuild him. Her. It.
Coming to a lab not that near to you soon. We think. Well, according to the press release it will be soon. And when have PR people ever lied?

Then, Robobacterium! The world's first entirely artificial bacterium on a mission to destroy the last bastions of vitalism in the world!

mike alexander
2008-Jul-11, 03:11 AM
Being old fashioned, I am partial to escherichia coli! Just thinking about it gives me a warm feeling in my gut!

Jens
2008-Jul-11, 03:23 AM
Another favorite is Streptococcus pneumoniae. It just takes my breath away.

Veeger
2008-Jul-11, 03:35 AM
Whenever I think of Staphylococcal Epidermidis, my skin just crawls.

Torsten
2008-Jul-11, 07:34 AM
And the historical significance of Yersinia pestis is fascinating!! I just break out every time I think of it!!

Stuart van Onselen
2008-Jul-11, 07:46 AM
Can I mention a virus instead of a bacterium?

T-Virus!

Whirlpool
2008-Jul-11, 11:28 AM
Lactobacilli, does that count?

:p

Laguna
2008-Jul-11, 11:52 AM
Penicillium roqueforti

KLIK
2008-Jul-11, 12:10 PM
Any of the ones that make cheese but excluding 'blue' cheeses.

for those who REALLY have nothing to do (or retired ;-))
http://www.cheddarvision.tv/ (6 kb)

Any bacteria which survive on the numerous landers we've sent out which might one day give us a false life-on-other-planets reading. I can imagine the arguments about whether panspermia or lander contamination is responsible.

Laguna
2008-Jul-11, 01:03 PM
Any of the ones that make cheese but excluding 'blue' cheeses.
In that case forget about penicillium roqueforti. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penicillium_roqueforti)

AndreasJ
2008-Jul-11, 01:14 PM
I've got a soft spot for Deinococcus radiodurans.

tofu
2008-Jul-11, 01:26 PM
I'm fascinated by cordyceps (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordyceps), a parasitic fungus that infects insects. As is common among parasites, it can change the host's behavior. There are many species of cordyceps, and most are specific to a particular insect.

The immunosuppressant drug ciclosporin is made from one species of cordyceps.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8a/Ciclosporin-A-neutron-3D-sticks.png/250px-Ciclosporin-A-neutron-3D-sticks.png

So if you've ever had, or know anyone who's had an organ transplant, you might need to thank a little fungus for providing the drug that made the transplant successful.

How cool is it that this little fungus, living in a damp jungle in asia, invented a molecule that benefits humans

Nick Theodorakis
2008-Jul-11, 02:20 PM
Since someone else mentioned viruses, I'll mention that I alway liked the sound of the coconut cadang-cadang viroid. Biologically speaking, viroids are also pretty interesting because their structure is just a naked bit of RNA that does not encode any proteins.

As for bacteria, when I was taking micro lab, I always liked the look of Serratia marcescens colonies.

Anybody who is fond of beer or (leavened) bread should raise a toast (ahem) to Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the brewer's (or baker's) yeast.

Nick