microbes
New Insights into Tardigrades’ Ability to Withstand Drying Out
New Insights into Tardigrades’ Ability to Withstand Drying Out
Kerry Grens | Dec 6, 2017
Water bears can reanimate after years of desiccation—and gel-forming proteins unique to the animals may explain how.
Image of the Day: Microbes on Fake Mars
Image of the Day: Microbes on Fake Mars
Aggie Mika | Oct 18, 2017
By simulating the structure and composition of Mars’s rocky materials, scientists observe how the metal-eating, extreme environment–inhabiting microbe Metallosphaera sedula could alter extraterrestrial environments.
Bacteria Found in Women’s Upper Reproductive Tracts
Bacteria Found in Women’s Upper Reproductive Tracts
Diana Kwon | Oct 17, 2017
A new study identifies microorganisms residing in the human fallopian tubes and uterus, but some researchers are skeptical of the findings. 
Image of the Day: Rainbow Gut
Image of the Day: Rainbow Gut
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Oct 11, 2017
Rather than organizing into easily defined compartments, different microbes mix and intermingle within the mouse gut, scientists find.
Final Nail Hammered into NgAgo Coffin
Final Nail Hammered into NgAgo Coffin
Kerry Grens | Aug 3, 2017
The paper describing the gene-editing method is retracted.
Image of the Day: Fungal Fireworks
Image of the Day: Fungal Fireworks
The Scientist Staff | Jun 26, 2017
The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus begins to grow biofilms as it develops into a larger intertwined network.
Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens
Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens
Abby Olena | May 26, 2017
Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.
Image of the Day: 3-Billion-Year-Old Bubbles 
Image of the Day: 3-Billion-Year-Old Bubbles 
The Scientist Staff | May 10, 2017
Fossilized gas bubbles, formed from being trapped by microbial biofilms, provide the oldest signature of life in terrestrial hot springs.
Study: Hydrogen on Enceladus Could Support Microbial Life
Study: Hydrogen on Enceladus Could Support Microbial Life
Diana Kwon | Apr 17, 2017
The plumes that erupt through the cracks on the icy exterior of one of Saturn’s moons contain molecular hydrogen, researchers report.
Image of the Day: Sharp Shooters
Image of the Day: Sharp Shooters
The Scientist Staff | Apr 3, 2017
Single-celled dinoflagellates (Polykrikos) use harpoon-like organelles to hunt and capture prey.