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Boosting Bacterial Genomes to Better Explore the Microbiome
Gang Fang’s new metagenomics method helps sequence rare bacteria.
Boosting Bacterial Genomes to Better Explore the Microbiome
Boosting Bacterial Genomes to Better Explore the Microbiome

Gang Fang’s new metagenomics method helps sequence rare bacteria.

Gang Fang’s new metagenomics method helps sequence rare bacteria.

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Light shines through a dilated pupil to illuminate the light red retina, blood vessels, optic disc and macula.
Gut Bacteria Slip into the Eye
Rachael Moeller Gorman | May 9, 2024 | 5 min read
A gene mutation causes porous gut and retinal barriers, allowing bacteria to travel from one to the other, triggering retinal degeneration in mice.
bacteria and DNA molecules on a purple background.
Engineering the Microbiome: CRISPR Leads the Way
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 10+ min read
Scientists have genetically modified isolated microbes for decades. Now, using CRISPR, they intend to target entire microbiomes.
Three dividing <em >Epulopiscium viviparus</em> cells seen on a microscope.
The Genome of a Gigantic Bacterium Reveals Odd Metabolic Properties
Megan Keller | 4 min read
With its complete genome sequenced, one of the world’s largest microbes harbors unique energy processes that highlight its relation to its symbiotic host, the surgeonfish.
Electric Bacteria: Out of the Darkness and into the Light
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Feb 29, 2024 | 6 min read
Once obscure mud microbes inspire a new generation of living electronics.
Image of Hawaiian Bobtail squid
To Boldly Go Where No Squid Has Gone Before
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Dec 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Jamie Foster’s space-faring squid and its symbiotic bacteria illuminate host-microbe communication.
Bacteriologist Melinda Grosser holds the book <em >House of Mirth&nbsp;</em>by Edith Wharton and an agar art plate that recreates the book cover.
Where Books Meet Bacteria
Niki Spahich, PhD | 4 min read
Melinda Grosser combines her love of reading and microbiology in her unique Instagram account.
A man sitting at a desk in a white lab coat holds up a large model of a <em >Drosophila</em> fly. In the background is a window and a bookcase.
The Origins and Recent Promise of Nonsense Suppressor tRNAs
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 4 min read
A discovery that goes back to the first studies of translation has become the topic of biotech buzz.
A man wearing a dark blue sweater is smiling and standing in front of a building
When Microbes Meet the Immune System
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Sep 8, 2023 | 3 min read
Timothy Hand leads a research team that explores how maternal immune signals shape the infant intestinal microbiota.
What Could Cause the Next Pandemic?
What Could Cause the Next Pandemic?
The Scientist | 2 min read
Scientists prepare for the future by filling in the research gaps between zoonotic viral reservoirs, emerging viruses, and human immune defenses.
Microscopic image of a torn piece of gray plastic on a white background.
Alpine and Arctic Microbes Break Down Plastics
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Jul 7, 2023 | 2 min read
Researchers identified cold-adapted microbes that degrade certain plastics at low temperatures, potentially saving energy in industrial recycling.
Vet giving vaccines to pigs
Antimicrobial Resistance: The Silent Pandemic
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Jun 30, 2023 | 9 min read
Scientists continue to ring alarm bells about the risks associated with the continued misuse of antimicrobials and advocate for innovative treatments, improved surveillance, and greater public health education.
Discover the microbiome&rsquo;s role in diabetes&nbsp;
A Question of Balance: How the Gut Microbiome Influences Diabetes
The Scientist | 1 min read
The presence of beneficial or detrimental microbes pulls the host toward health or disease.
Cheese wheels with moldy rinds on a wooden plank
Deleting a Gene Quells a Pesky Cheese-Destroying Fungus
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Jun 30, 2023 | 3 min read
Fungi disrupt microbial communities on cheese by making antibiotics. 
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Cooperation and Cheating
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 6 min read
Bacteria cooperate to benefit the collective, but cheaters can rig the system. How is the balance maintained?
Brush Up: Quorum Sensing in Bacteria and Beyond
Brush Up: Quorum Sensing in Bacteria and Beyond
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | 4 min read
Microbes communicate with quorum sensing to coordinate their behavior in response to how many neighbors they have.
Infographic showing strategies used by cooperators to curb the cheater population in a bacterial community
Infographic: Curbing the Cheaters 
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 1 min read
From spatial structuring to policing, cooperative bacteria have a wide toolkit to contain the spread of cheaters.
Man in blue shirt holding a paper representation of the intestines
Gut Bacteria Contribute to Anorexia
Kamal Nahas, PhD | May 1, 2023 | 3 min read
Microbiomes transplanted from women with anorexia nervosa into mice enhanced symptoms of the eating disorder, such as rapid weight loss and reduced appetite.
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The Scientist Speaks - Rising From the Dead: How Antibiotic Resistance Genes Travel Between Current and Past Bacteria
Nele Haelterman, PhD | 1 min read
Heather Kittredge and Sarah Evans discuss the environmental conditions that facilitate natural transformation in bacteria’s native habitat.  
One hand holding the other, depicting pain in the joints
A Bacterial Culprit for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Hannah Thomasy, PhD, Drug Discovery News | Apr 27, 2023 | 4 min read
Scientists identified a species of Subdoligranulum that may drive disease.
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