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Early Evidence

By Abby Olena | March 1, 2014

Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.

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A Wine Bacterium’s Proteome

By Abby Olena | February 26, 2014

Scientists map the partial proteome of a common lactic acid bacterium.

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How a Microbe Resists Its Own Antibiotics

By Jef Akst | February 20, 2014

Researchers reveal the molecular mechanisms of Streptomyces platensis’s defense from its own antibiotics, which inhibit fatty acid synthesis in other microbes.

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Microbial Smog

By Jef Akst | February 3, 2014

Some 1,300 species of microbes, including some associated with allergies and lung disease, are adrift in Beijing’s thick smog.

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Self-Improvement Through the Ages

By Kerry Grens | February 1, 2014

A 50,000-generation-long experiment shows that bacteria keep getting fitter.

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Tenacious Termites

By Tracy Vence | February 1, 2014

Formosan subterranean termites evade deadly pathogens by building nests lined with their own feces.

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The Necrobiome

By Chris Palmer | February 1, 2014

Next-generation sequencing of the bacterial assemblages that inhabit a corpse throughout decomposition improve time-of-death estimates.

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Bacteria by Design

By Jef Akst | January 30, 2014

A survey of bacteria in a University of Oregon building reveals that architecture influences the indoor microbiome.

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Gut Microbes Prevent Locust Swarms

By Jef Akst | January 15, 2014

Migratory locusts are less likely to aggregate into crop-devastating swarms when infected by the parasite Paranosema locustae.

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Microbes Expel Swarms of Vesicles

By Kerry Grens | January 10, 2014

Scientists present the first evidence that marine cyanobacteria release vesicles—billions and billions of vesicles.

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