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Deep-sea mussels, which rely on cooperative symbiotic bacteria for their food, harbor a surprisingly high diversity of these…
Engineered viruses could fight drug resistance

October 5, 2019

In the battle against antibiotic resistance, many scientists have been trying to deploy naturally occurring viruses called bacteriophages…
Bacteria make pearl chains

September 27, 2019

For the first time, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, were able…
Diet impacts the sensitivity of gut microbiome to antibiotics, study finds

September 24, 2019

Antibiotics change the kinds of bacteria in the mouse gut as well as the bacteria’s metabolism — but…
Strip Steak: Bacterial Enzyme Removes Inflammation-Causing Meat Carbohydrates

September 24, 2019

According to data from mice and African hunter-gatherers, red meat diets shift gut microbiomes to produce more sialidases…
Researchers find new way to find antibiotics in dirt

September 18, 2019

Researchers at McMaster have designed a new way to rapidly identify antibiotics hidden in common dirt. Their method,…
Periodontitis Bacteria Love Colon and Dirt Microbes

September 10, 2019

True or false? Bacteria living in the same space, like the mouth, have evolved collaborations so generous that…
Scientists found a way to turn genes in bacteria on and off to produce fuel and medicine

August 30, 2019

The word “bacteria” sounds scary for some, because some cause difficult infections. However, we live in the world…
Genetic redundancy aids competition among symbiotic bacteria in squid

August 27, 2019

The molecular mechanism used by many bacteria to kill neighboring cells has redundancy built into its genetic makeup,…
Scientists found an explanation, why the Proterozoic eon was the ‘boring billion’

August 23, 2019

The fact that there is life on Earth is akin to a miracle. At the beginning of the…
Genetic redundancy aids competition among bacteria in symbiosis with squid

August 20, 2019

The molecular mechanism used by many bacteria to kill neighboring cells has redundancy built into its genetic makeup,…
New insight into bacterial infections found in the noses of healthy cattle

August 20, 2019

New research led by academics at the University of Bristol Veterinary and Medical Schools used the ‘One Health’…
Bug Buddies

August 19, 2019

Bacteria, like people, have complicated relationships: they can either be friendly, neutral or antagonistic toward each other, and…
A surprisingly abundant type of marine bacteria may speed up climate change

August 16, 2019

A USC-led research team has found that marine microbes with a special metabolism could play an important role…
A new way to block unwanted genetic transfer

August 16, 2019

We receive half of our genes from each biological parent, so there’s no avoiding inheriting a blend of…
Gut makeup could make diarrhea less likely

August 16, 2019

Antibiotics are known to upset the balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract. In some cases, antibiotics can…
Using recent gene flow to define microbe populations

August 15, 2019

Identifying species among plants and animals has been a full-time occupation for some biologists, but the task is…
Scientists chose basalt, because the surface of the Moon and Mars contains a lot of this kind of rock. Image credit: NASA via Wikimedia, Public Domain
Scientists are trying to learn to use bacteria for mining in other planets

July 20, 2019

If we are going to colonize space, we need to learn to mine it. Mining is how we…
Link found between gut bacteria, successful joint replacement

July 19, 2019

Having healthy gut flora – the trillions of bacteria housed in our intestines – could lower the risk…
‘Semi-synthetic’ bacteria churn out unnatural proteins

July 18, 2019

Synthetic biologists seek to create new life with forms and functions not seen in nature. Although scientists are…
Bacterial defence construction revealed in step forward for new antibiotics

July 17, 2019

A crucial step in the way bacteria construct their defences has been revealed by an international team, including…
Anne Meyer, professor of biology, and her colleagues have developed a novel approach to producing graphene in the lab. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)
Will your future computer be made using bacteria?

July 11, 2019

In order to create new and more efficient computers, medical devices, and other advanced technologies, researchers are turning…
A Bioengineer’s Guide to Design

July 5, 2019

A team of researchers at Caltech has developed a set of guidelines for designing biological circuits using tools…
Stem cells moonlight to protect the stomach from bacterial invaders

July 3, 2019

Our mucosal surfaces are constantly exposed to numerous bacterial species, some of which can induce DNA damage in…
Sampling for Kentrophoros in Elba, Italy and Nivå, Denmark. Image credit: MPI for Marine Microbiology/ Brandon Seah (left), Silke Wetzel (right)
Bacterium turns waste into food

July 3, 2019

Kentron, a bacterial symbiont of ciliates, turns cellular waste products into biomass. It is the first known sulfur-oxidizing…
Viruses Found to Use Intricate ‘Treadmill’ to Move Cargo across Bacterial Cells

June 30, 2019

Countless textbooks have characterized bacteria as simple, disorganized blobs of molecules. Now, using advanced technologies to explore the…
Sea slugs use algae’s bacterial ‘weapons factory’ in three-way symbiotic relationship

June 28, 2019

But this inch-long marine mollusk gains not only a tasty meal — it also slurps up the algae’s…
Scientists discover gut bacteria is associated with chronic pain

June 21, 2019

Scientists at Université de Montréal and McGill University have found a correlation between fibromyalgia, a disease involving chronic…
Pneumonia mapped in largest genomic survey of any disease-causing bacterium

June 19, 2019

Researchers have mapped the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia around the world and revealed how these bacteria…
Once thought to be asexual, single-celled parasites caught in the act

June 18, 2019

Even single-celled organisms desire partners every now and then. Leishmania – single-celled parasites that cause infections of the skin…
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