Our guest is Dr. Gareth (Gary) Trubl, a microbiologist and research staff scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division. Gary has characterized viruses in Arctic permafrost and subzero soils, and uses multiple approaches in metagenomics to better understand the mechanisms viruses use to control microbial physiology and quantify nutrient exchanges in soils. Are viruses alive? What can they tell us about the search for life in the Universe?
What is Ask An Astrobiologist?
Once a month, the NASA Astrobiology Program hosts a one-hour program where the public is invited to interact with a high-profile astrobiologist, who replies to Twitter and YouTube comment questions live on video.
Ask An Astrobiologist: Episode 57
Unlocking the Secret Life of Viruses
Featuring Dr. Gary Trubl (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Hosted by Dr. Graham Lau (Blue Marble Space Institute of Science)
Sarah Treadwell (Blue Marble Space Institute of Science)
Anurup Mohanty (Blue Marble Space Institute of Science)
Mariam Naseem (Blue Marble Space Institute of Science)
Directed by Mike Toillion (NASA Astrobiology Program)
Illustrations by Melissa Flower (https://melissaflower.com)
Music & Animation by Mike Toillion (NASA Astrobiology Program)