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Microbiology News
December 8, 2019

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Some stress at a young age could actually lead to a longer life, new research in ... read more
Using an innovative microscopy method, scientists have revealed the structure of the microbial communities coating microplastic trash collected from a variety of ... read more
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in ... read more
Over the course of several months, researchers created Escherichia coli strains that consume carbon dioxide for energy instead of organic compounds. This achievement in ... read more
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'Conductor' Gene Found in Plant Root Stem Cell 'Orchestra'

Researchers lift the veil on the 'conductor' plant root stem cell gene that helps orchestrate and coordinate stem cell division of different root stem cell types, ensuring the harmonic ... read more

Detailed Insight Into Stressed Cells

When cells are stressed, they initiate a complex and precisely regulated response to prevent permanent damage. One of the immediate reactions to stress signals is a reduction of protein synthesis ... read more

New Study Hints at Complex Decision Making in a Single-Cell Organism

In an effort to replicate an experiment conducted over a century ago, researchers present evidence confirming at least one single-cell organism -- the trumpet-shaped Stentor roeselii -- exhibits a ... read more

New Tool to Predict the Global Spread of Dengue

Researchers have developed a new tool to predict the global spread of human infectious diseases, like dengue, and track them to their ... read more

Probiotic May Help Treat Colic in Infants

Probiotics -- or 'good bacteria' -- have been used to treat infant colic with varying success. In a new trial, investigators have shown that drops containing a particular probiotic strain ... read more

How Tiny Enzymes Reign Supreme in Worldwide Carbon Recycling

That white rot fungi on fallen logs in a forest, it's super ... read more

As a Way to Fight Climate Change, Not All Soils Are Created Equal

Soil scientists offer a newly nuanced understanding of different soil organic matter components that can be increased through varied management ... read more

Meteorite-Loving Microorganism

The archaeon Metallosphaera sedula can uptake and process extraterrestrial material. This is shown by an international team led by astrobiologists, who examines microbial fingerprints on meteorite ... read more

How Accumulating Useful Genes Helps Older Yeast Fare Better in Tougher Times

Researchers have used yeast to learn more about how satellite (extrachromosomal) DNA circles are formed to carry amplified genes, how the gene duplication is specific to the environmental pressure ... read more

Dynamics of Crucial Immune System Proteins

Of the many marvels of the human immune system, the processing of antigens by the class I proteins of the major histocompatability complex (MHC-I) is among the most mind-boggling. Exactly how these ... read more

Researchers Use Genomics to Discover Potential New Treatment for Parasite Disease

Using innovative RNA sequencing techniques, researchers identified a promising novel treatment for lymphatic filariasis, a disabling parasitic disease that is difficult to treat. The potential new ... read more

How a Cellular Shuttle Helps HIV-1 Spread in Immune Organs

New insight on how a type of cell facilitates the spread of HIV-1 has just been ... read more

Dramatic Transition in Streptomyces Life Cycle Explained in New Discovery

Streptomyces bacteria are our primary source of antibiotics, which are produced in the transition from vegetative growth to sporulation in a complex developmental life ... read more

How the Strep Bacterium Hides from the Immune System

A bacterial pathogen that causes strep throat and other illnesses cloaks itself in fragments of red blood cells to evade detection by the host immune system, according to a new study. The researchers ... read more

Compound Eyes: The Visual Apparatus of Today's Horseshoe Crabs Goes Back 400 Million Years

The extinct sea scorpion species Jaekelopterus rhenaniae had eyes comparable to those of today's horseshoe crabs. The two-and-a-half-meter predator was particularly apt at perceiving contrasts ... read more

A New Way to Control Microbial Metabolism

To help optimize microbes' ability to produce useful compounds but also maintain their own growth, chemical engineers have devised a way to induce bacteria to switch between different metabolic ... read more

1940s Blood Samples Reveal Historical Spread of Malaria

DNA from 75-year old eradicated European malaria parasites uncovers the historical spread of one of the two most common forms of the disease, Plasmodium vivax, from Europe to the Americas during the ... read more

'Clever Drugs for Slimy Bugs' in Fight Against Staph Infections

Bacterial biofilms that develop around golden staph infections make treatment difficult and prolonged, but researchers have shown in laboratory work that the hybrid antibiotics they have developed ... read more

New Evolutionary Insights Into the Early Development of Songbirds

An international team has sequenced a chromosome in zebra finches called the germline-restricted chromosome (GRC). This chromosome is only found in germline cells, the cells that hold genetic ... read more

Researchers Study Chickens, Ostriches, Penguins to Learn How Flight Feathers Evolved

If you took a careful look at the feathers on a chicken, you'd find many different forms within the same bird -- even within a single feather. The diversity of feather shapes and functions ... read more

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