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8 thoughts on “P85 – Tomlinson”
What are the characteristics of a siphoviridae versus another variety?
Siphoviridae phages have a long tail compared to a myoviridae phage which has a small tail and a large head.
Hey Anika! What is one of the most interesting pieces of background research you found while working on this?
Hi! The most interesting pieces of background research I found was how phages can have a huge impact on so many aspects of the world. For example, treating bacterial infections that have become resistant to antibiotics or preventing food contamination… phages are amazing viruses that have so many real world applicaitons.
Great presentation and poster. I liked how you thought about the specific characteristics a phage would need in order to live in the body instead of just mentioning phage therapy. What would you say was the hardest or most challenging part of this research and experimentation?
The most challenging part of this research was not knowing if your experiment worked until you let the bacteria incubate. Since phages are so small that we cannot see them, there was no way of knowing you got phage until the bacteria was incubated with the phages and plaques were present.
What is the impact of having a siphoviridae phage? Does it change anything with Phage therapy?
That is a great question, I am not sure if a siphoviridae phages would have any effect on phage therapy, however I do know that the way that siphoviridae phages infect bacteria is a little different from myoviridae phages because siphoviridae phages have long tails and myoviridae phages have short tails, however their tails can contract which makes the infection process different.