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60,000-Year-Old Life Found in Crystals in Mexican Cave
Bob Grant | Feb 21, 2017
NASA researchers have discovered ancient microbes locked inside minerals, suggesting a possible niche for interstellar life.
Toward Killing Cancer with Bacteria
Ruth Williams | Feb 8, 2017
Researchers employ an engineered microbe to destroy tumor cells in mice.
Discovering Novel Antibiotics
Sandeep Ravindran | Feb 1, 2017
Three methods identify and activate silent bacterial gene clusters to uncover new drugs
Study: Babies’ Microbiomes Indifferent to Mode of Delivery
Kerry Grens | Jan 24, 2017
Study of 81 six-week-olds who were born by C-section or vaginal delivery didn’t show differences in the structure or function of their microbiota, despite contrary results from other studies on babies.
How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity
Ashley P. Taylor | Jan 13, 2017
Researchers examine how underground microbes and nutrients affect plant populations.
More Anti-CRISPR Proteins to Block Cas9
Kerry Grens | Dec 29, 2016
The latest CRISPR deactivators to be discovered turn off the
Cas9 widely used in genome editing.
New CRISPR-Cas Enzymes Discovered
Kerry Grens | Dec 22, 2016
A metagenomics analysis finds Cas9 in archaea for the first time, along with two previously unknown Cas nucleases from bacteria.
Keeping CRISPR in Check
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 14, 2016
In bacteriophage genomes, researchers find three anti-CRISPR proteins that naturally inhibit CRISPR-Cas9 in one bacterial species and can do the same in human cells.
Swarm-Stimulating Bacterial Enzyme Drives Choanoflagellate Mating
Tracy Vence | Dec 8, 2016
Scientists present evidence of bacteria-driven mating in flagellate eukaryotes at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting.
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Abby Olena | Dec 8, 2016
Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes in the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.