culture, microbiology, developmental biology
Microflora for Hire
Microflora for Hire
Molly Sharlach | Dec 1, 2014
The guts of cows and termites harbor microbes that are renowned complex-carbohydrate digesters, but the human gastrointestinal tract has flora that just might measure up.
Polymerase Pieces
Polymerase Pieces
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2014
Researchers discover a new subunit of a bacterial RNA polymerase—as well as hints of its potential role in defending against viruses.
Book Excerpt from <em>One Plus One Equals One</em>
Book Excerpt from One Plus One Equals One
John Archibald | Dec 1, 2014
In Chapter 7, “Green Evolution, Green Revolution,” author John Archibald describes how endosymbiosis helped color the Earth in a verdant hue.
Mother’s Microbes Protect Baby’s Brain
Mother’s Microbes Protect Baby’s Brain
Ruth Williams | Nov 19, 2014
Bacteria in the gut of a pregnant mouse strengthen the blood-brain barrier of her developing fetus.
Virus Protects Mouse Gut
Virus Protects Mouse Gut
Tracy Vence | Nov 19, 2014
A murine norovirus appears to recover some of the functions of commensal bacteria in the guts of germ-free or antibiotic-treated mice.
Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars
Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars
Molly Sharlach | Nov 19, 2014
Researchers discover a densovirus that is associated with sea star wasting disease.
Culturing Drug-Resistant Tumors
Culturing Drug-Resistant Tumors
Kerry Grens | Nov 17, 2014
Improved methods to grow patients’ tumor cells in a dish offer opportunities to find durable therapies.
Sealed With a Kiss
Sealed With a Kiss
Bob Grant | Nov 17, 2014
A single intimate smooch can transfer upwards of 80 million bacteria.
Week in Review: November 10–14
Week in Review: November 10–14
Jef Akst | Nov 14, 2014
Funding for African science; microbiome studies may have contamination worries; mind-controlled gene expression; DNA record keeper
DNA Extraction Kits Contaminated
DNA Extraction Kits Contaminated
Kerry Grens | Nov 11, 2014
Sequencing study reveals low levels of microbes in lab reagents that can create big problems for some microbiome studies.