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Unexplored microbes hold incredible potential for science and industry
Humans live in the midst of a seething, breathing microbial world. Microorganisms populate every conceivable habitat, both familiar and exotic, from the surface of the human skin, to rainforest floors, to hydrothermal vents in the ocean floors.
Microbiology
Source: EurekAlert
Posted on: Saturday, Feb 16, 2008, 11:57am
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DNA Pollution May Be Spawning Killer Microbes
Rogue genetic snippets spread antibiotic resistance all over the environment.
Microbiology
Source: Discover Magazine
Posted on: Friday, Feb 15, 2008, 9:29am
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Cheating is easy -- for the social amoeba
Cheating is easy and seemingly without cost for the social amoeba known as Dictyostelium discoideum, said a team of researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University in Houston who conducted the first genome-scale search for social genes and found more than 100 mutant genes that allow cheating.
Microbiology
Source: EurekAlert
Posted on: Thursday, Feb 14, 2008, 8:20am
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Plankton Politics Are Unpredictable
Chaos really is a fact of life, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. Researchers analyzing the rise and fall of various plankton species have shown that even under constant conditions, the community never stabilizes, and no single species takes over for long.
Microbiology
Source: Science
Posted on: Thursday, Feb 14, 2008, 8:19am
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Deadly Microbes From Outer Space
Get ready for diarrhea that's out of this world.
Microbiology
Source: Discover Magazine
Posted on: Monday, Feb 04, 2008, 3:57pm
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New decontamination system kills anthrax rapidly without lingering effects
In October 2001, letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two U.S. senators, killing five people and infecting 17 others. Clearing the Senate office building of the spores with chlorine dioxide gas cost $27 million, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Microbiology
Source: EurekAlert
Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008, 1:40pm
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Unlocking The Genetic Mysteries Of E.Coli
The remnants of a Naval ammunition depot are now an animal research center where government scientists are working to unlock secrets contained in the genetic makeup of the cattle. Their focus: the E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria.
Microbiology
Source: CBS News
Posted on: Monday, Jan 28, 2008, 11:14am
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Shining a light on ancient stromatolites
Strong microscope techniques show microbes from 2.7 billion years ago.
Microbiology
Source: Nature
Posted on: Monday, Jan 28, 2008, 11:14am
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New study finds resistant organisms at core of soft contact lens corneal infections
In 2006, Bausch & Lomb withdrew its ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution because a high proportion of corneal infections were associated with it.
Microbiology
Source: EurekAlert
Posted on: Monday, Jan 28, 2008, 11:14am
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Doctors fear bulletproof bug
When an HIV-infected patient walked into Dr. Daniel Berger's North Side office with a nasty sore on his wrist, the physician suspected the culprit was a bacterium known as MRSA.
Microbiology
Source: Chicago Tribune
Posted on: Thursday, Jan 24, 2008, 11:48am
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Virology: The battle within
Creating a periodic table of the infectious
Microbiology
Source: Nature
Posted on: Thursday, Jan 24, 2008, 11:47am
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Unique fungal collection could hold key to future antibiotics
Royal Holloway and CABI both bring a combination of individual scientific skills, expertise and resources to the project. When brought together, these offer the opportunity to build a highly focused natural products drug discovery operation that will address the urgent need for bringing new antibiotic compounds to market.
Microbiology
Source: EurekAlert
Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008, 2:11pm
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Paired microbes eliminate methane using sulfur pathway
Anaerobic microbes in the Earth's oceans consume 90 percent of the methane produced by methane hydrates – methane trapped in ice – preventing large amounts of methane from reaching the atmosphere. Researchers now have evidence that the two microbes that accomplish this feat do not simply reverse the way methane-producing microbes work, but use a sulfur compound instead.
Microbiology
Source: EurekAlert
Posted on: Thursday, Jan 17, 2008, 10:43am
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Mmmm … Bacteria
When you eat a cup of yogurt, billions of bacteria make their way to your gut. Some researchers believe that these "probiotics" can be good for you, alleviating everything from bowel disease to allergies.
Microbiology
Source: Science
Posted on: Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008, 9:47am
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A Parasite Shows Its Plantlike Side
The single-celled creatures known as protozoans are primitive, exotic, and sometimes just plain weird, resembling animals, plants, or a combination of both. Researchers now report that one animal-like, parasitic protozoan relies on a biochemical pathway that is strikingly plantlike. The discovery could open up a new method of attacking protozoans that cause diseases such as malaria.
Microbiology
Source: Science
Posted on: Thursday, Jan 10, 2008, 1:17pm
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Toward A Rosetta Stone For Microbes' Secret Language
Scientists are on the verge of decoding the special chemical language that bacteria use to "talk" to each other, British researchers report. That achievement could lead to new treatments for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including so-called superbugs that infect more than 90,000 people in the United States each year, they note.
Microbiology
Source: Science Daily
Posted on: Monday, Dec 31, 2007, 11:45am
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'Jekyll And Hyde' Bacteria Offer Pest Control Clue
New research at York has revealed so-called ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ bacteria, suggesting a novel way to control insect pests without using insecticides.
Microbiology
Source: Science Daily
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 20, 2007, 11:35am
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Oil-eating bacteria make light work of heavy fuel
Researchers have worked out how natural bacteria deep within the Earth break down crude oil and produce methane. This knowledge could help with projects to encourage these bacteria to covert more oil, faster. And it could point towards a way to produce hydrogen — an even cleaner fuel — by using these natural fuel-processing plants.
Microbiology
Source: Nature
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 13, 2007, 9:18am
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Scientists seek to assess the microbial risks in the water we drink
Disease outbreaks sometimes originate from a source that most people in the United States and other developed countries trust unquestioningly: drinking water. However, there is much we do not know about the causes and likelihood of waterborne illness, and we can and should do more to assess the risks, according to a new report, Clean Water: What is Acceptable Microbial Risk?
Microbiology
Source: EurekAlert
Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 11, 2007, 11:04am
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'Hellish' Hot Springs Yield Greenhouse Gas-eating Bug
A new species of bacteria discovered living in one of the most extreme environments on Earth could yield a tool in the fight against global warming.
Microbiology
Source: Science Daily
Posted on: Friday, Dec 07, 2007, 10:41am
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Life's Complexity Began With Poop
Every now and then, science puts forth a theory that -- at least on a bitterly cold December day, with a flu infection stirring fatigue in a certain science journalist -- resonates with grand poetic truth. The theory: the incredible complexity of life on Earth, the myriad of forms and forms and functions, owes its existence to poop.
Microbiology
Source: Wired
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 06, 2007, 8:48am
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Older Water Filters Harbor Bacteria That Give Water Fresher Taste
Microbiology
Source: Science Daily
Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 27, 2007, 11:07am
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Separating Friend From Foe Among the Body’s Invaders
Microbiology
Source: NYT
Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 27, 2007, 11:06am
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Researchers Explore Bacteria in the Mouth
Microbiology
Source: NPR
Posted on: Sunday, Nov 25, 2007, 8:14am
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The Gold in Yellowstone's Microbes
Microbiology
Source: Time Magazine
Posted on: Friday, Nov 23, 2007, 10:21am
Rating: | Views: 402 | Comments: 0
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