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More than 200 square meters of our bodies — including the digestive tract, lungs, and urinary tract —…
Human gut microbes could make processed foods healthier

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A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis sheds light on how human gut…
ORNL scientists shed light on microbial ‘dark matter’ with new approach

October 1, 2019

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a way to isolate and…
Spider silk is created by adding spider DNA to microbes

September 30, 2019

Researchers studying spiders have produced a synthetic biomaterial that can, in future, be used to make a multitude…
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…
Microbes in the soil help protecting plants from diseases

September 27, 2019

Gut microbes in humans are very important. They participate in our immune system, making us more resilient to…
Microbe chews through PFAS and other tough contaminants

September 23, 2019

In a series of lab tests, a relatively common soil bacterium has demonstrated its ability to break down…
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Microbe from New Jersey wetlands chomps PFAS

September 20, 2019

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are building up in the environment, and scientists are becoming concerned. These substances,…
ORNL develops method to customize microbes for better biofuel production

September 13, 2019

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a method to insert genes…
Synthetic Biologists Extend Functional Life of Cancer-Fighting Circuitry in Microbes

September 9, 2019

Bioengineers and biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method to significantly extend the…
Researchers Assemble Genomic “Jigsaw” of Cow Gut Microbes

August 30, 2019

Using high-tech tools, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their cooperators have taken a deep dive into the…
The submersible vehicle MARUM-QUEST samples for sediment at oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. Image credit: Marum
Some microbe degrade oil to gas

August 20, 2019

The tiny organisms cling to oil droplets and perform a great feat: As a single organism, they may…
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…
Contamination-eating microbes developed at University of Toronto to be tested in the field

August 9, 2019

For years, the University of Toronto’s Elizabeth Edwards and her team have been developing a potent mix of microbes that…
TB is changing. So is science.

June 25, 2019

For a time when Elizabeth Campbell was in her early 20s, any sweat that trickled down her brow…
Don’t leave microbes out of climate change conversation, experts warn

June 19, 2019

An international group of leading microbiologists have issued a warning, saying that not including microbes – the support…
When it comes to climate change, don’t forget the microbes

June 19, 2019

Scientists are rightly focused on anticipating and preventing the major impacts that climate change will have on humans,…
CRISPR Fingers Drug-Resistant Microbes in a ‘FLASH’

May 24, 2019

A research team led by scientists at UC San Francisco and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has developed a…
How a declining environment affects populations

May 14, 2019

Stable ecosystems occasionally experience events that cause widespread death — for example, bacteria in the human gut may…
Terrestrial treasures

April 29, 2019

Sean Brady’s stainless-steel incubator contains no sand, no moldering leaves, no silently squirming worms. But open its glass…
An army of microrobots can wipe out dental plaque

April 29, 2019

A visit to the dentist typically involves time-consuming and sometimes unpleasant scraping with mechanical tools to remove plaque…
Microbes may act as gatekeepers of Earth’s Deep Carbon

April 25, 2019

Two years ago a team of scientists visited Costa Rica’s subduction zone, where the ocean floor sinks beneath…
Unique oil eating bacteria found in world’s deepest ocean trench

April 19, 2019

Scientists from the University of East Anglia have discovered a unique oil eating bacteria in the deepest part…
New research identifies microbes that may reduce allergy-like reactions to some ripened cheeses

April 19, 2019

Some aged cheeses cause allergy-like reactions in many people, but an Iowa State University scientist is working to…
Local plant-microbe alliances shape global biomes

April 19, 2019

Dense rainforests, maple-blanketed mountains and sweeping coniferous forests demonstrate the growth and proliferation of trees adapted to specific…
Microbes in the human body swap genes, even across tissue boundaries

April 18, 2019

Bacteria in the human body are sharing genes with one another at a higher rate than is typically…
Dance of the microbes: Bacteria living near coral reefs change in synchrony across distances

April 16, 2019

It might be called the dance of the microbes. It happens every day — and night. Bacteria in…
Ancient community of undersea microbes may resemble early life on Earth, other planets

April 2, 2019

Far beneath the surface of the ocean off the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States – and…
Microbes can grow on nitric oxide

March 28, 2019

Nitric oxide is a central molecule of the global nitrogen cycle. A study by Boran Kartal from the…
Study shows how electricity-eating microbes use electrons to fix carbon dioxide

March 27, 2019

New research from Washington University in St. Louis explains the cellular processes that allow a sun-loving microbe to…
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