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Resistance is not futile: Bacterial innate and adaptive immune systems Event as iCalendar

10 June 2019

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1 Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds St

Host: SBS

Contact info: Prof. Ant Poole

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Professor Peter C Fineran
Professor Peter C Fineran

Speaker: Professor Peter C Fineran, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago

Bacteria have evolved ‘immune systems’ as a result of their constant exposure to foreign mobile genetic elements, including bacteriophages and plasmids. For example, an estimated 1025 bacteriophage infections occur every second. Other mobile genetic elements can harbour antibiotic resistance or pathogenicity determinants, which influence bacterial evolution and our ability to treat infectious diseases. 

To thwart these invaders, bacteria have many resistance strategies, including innate immunity, such as restriction-modification and abortive infection systems, and adaptive immunity provided by the CRISPR-Cas systems. Recently, there have been major advances in our understanding of these systems. They have also been exploited as molecular biology reagents and underpinned a biotechnological revolution. In this seminar Professor Fineran will present his research into these bacterial immune systems.

For more information please contact Prof. Ant Poole,