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Why It Matters that Bacteria Get Sick Too, Nov. 22

Alison Buchan, Fite Professor in the UT Department of Microbiology, will present “Why It Matters that Bacteria Get Sick Too” Friday, November 22.

Viruses don’t always kill their microbial hosts. In many cases, they develop a mutually beneficial relationship – the virus establishes itself inside the microbe and, in return, grants its host immunity against attack by similar viruses. Understanding this relationship is beneficial for medical research and practical applications, but also in marine biology. In her presentation, Buchan will discuss how marine microbes are uniquely responsible for carrying out processes that are essential for all of earth’s biogeochemical cycles, including many that play a role in climate change.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, Nov. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please email Amanda Womac.