bacterial evolution
Bacterial Gene Transfer Gets Sexier
Bacterial Gene Transfer Gets Sexier
Kate Yandell | Jul 9, 2013
Mycobacterium smegmatis can donate larger portions of its genome to other bacteria than previously thought, approaching the level of gene shuffling seen in sexual reproduction.
Bacterial Exploitation
Ruth Williams | Jul 5, 2012
Field studies reveal non-virulent bacteria take advantage of their virulent counterparts to get a free pass into their host.
Live Slow, Die Old
Ed Yong | May 17, 2012
Ancient bacteria living in deep-sea sediments are alive—but with metabolisms so slow that it’s hard to tell.
Infection Selection
Ruth Williams | Nov 13, 2011
Scientists track changes in bacterial genomes during a hospital outbreak to discover potential pathogenesis genes.