digital PCR, microbiology, ecology
Medical Equipment May Spread Superbug
Medical Equipment May Spread Superbug
Kerry Grens | Feb 20, 2015
Drug-resistant bacteria have spread in a Los Angeles hospital, perhaps from contaminated endoscopes.
Subway Microbiome
Subway Microbiome
Jef Akst | Feb 9, 2015
Researchers document the bacterial life living among New York City’s transit stations.
Stubbornly Persistent
Stubbornly Persistent
Mary Beth Aberlin | Feb 1, 2015
Microorganisms continually challenge our assumptions of what life can achieve.
The Energy of Life
The Energy of Life
Jeffrey Marlow and Jan Amend | Feb 1, 2015
Extremophiles should not be viewed through an anthropocentric lens; what’s extreme for us may be a perfectly comfortable environment for a microbe.
UV Light Doesn’t Fully Purify
UV Light Doesn’t Fully Purify
Jef Akst | Jan 28, 2015
Using ultraviolet light to disinfect drinking water may simply drive bacteria to dormancy, rather than kill them.
GMO “Kill Switches”
GMO “Kill Switches”
Kerry Grens | Jan 21, 2015
Scientists design bacteria reliant upon synthetic amino acids to contain genetically modified organisms.
Picturing Infection
Picturing Infection
Kelly Rae Chi | Jan 1, 2015
Whole-animal, light-based imaging of infected small mammals
Taming Bushmeat
Taming Bushmeat
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jan 1, 2015
Chinese farmers’ efforts at rearing wild animals may benefit conservation and reduce human health risks.
Measuring DNA with a Smartphone
Measuring DNA with a Smartphone
Jef Akst | Dec 23, 2014
A new microscope attachment can allow smartphone users to take a closer look at fluorescently labeled DNA.
Bats Make a Comeback
Bats Make a Comeback
Molly Sharlach | Dec 22, 2014
Citizen-scientist data obtained through the U.K.’s National Bat Monitoring Programme show that populations of 10 bat species have stabilized or are growing.