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.
An illustration of a<em >&nbsp;</em>macrophage internalizing <em>Staphylococcus aureus</em> through phagocytosis and presenting antigens to a T cell with many bacterial cells surrounding the immune cells.
Tackling a Pathogen That Leaves a Lasting Impression
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | May 6, 2024 | 5 min read
Staphylococcus aureus vaccine efficacy depends on the immune imprints from past exposures to the microbe.
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.
A scientist is at his desk with two computer monitors in front of him.
Behind the Scenes of the Publication Process
Shelby Bradford, PhD | May 1, 2024 | 2 min read
What happens on the other side of the paper publication submission portal? Christopher Rodrigues, who serves as a journal associate editor, revealed the process.
A microscopic image of a pink berry bacterial aggregate.
Multicellular Bacteria Evolve Defenses that Resemble the Immune System
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Apr 30, 2024 | 5 min read
Bacterial superorganisms must evolve defenses to fight off infections, and microbiologists found that they use a weapons cache coincidentally similar to that of the human immune system.
A block of cheddar cheese pictured here with various accompaniments.&nbsp;
Cheddar Cheese Lovers Have Interactive Microbes to Thank
Vaishnavi Sridhar, PhD | 3 min read
Scientists used a commercial year-long cheddar making process to show how various bacterial communities interact and contribute to the distinct flavor of cheddar.
Collection of microbes superimposed over a human illustration.
Microbial Clocks for Corpses
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Apr 24, 2024 | 4 min read
Microbes on decomposing bodies inform forensic investigations.
3D rendered image of a bacteriophage virus capsid.
Virtual Viruses Reveal Complex Genomic Dynamics
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Apr 24, 2024 | 4 min read
Researchers used new simulations to obtain the first structures of elusive viruses.
Explainable AI for Rational Antibiotic Discovery
The Scientist | 1 min read
Researchers tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis with explainable neural networks and high throughput drug discovery.
Abstract drawing of microbes.
Exploring Microbial Dark Matter
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Apr 19, 2024 | 4 min read
An open-source search engine helps scientists identify hundreds of microbial metabolites in a matter of seconds. 
Flagellated rod-shaped bacteria live on intestinal tissue.
Clostridia to the Rescue
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Mar 27, 2024 | 3 min read
Some commensal bacteria help shore up intestinal walls in mice, which can prevent food allergies.
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.
Individual bacterial transcriptomes each plotted as a single point create a ring-shaped structure.
Rapidly Dividing Bacteria Coordinate Gene Expression and Replication
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 4 min read
E. coli divides faster than it can replicate its genome, while simultaneously expressing its genes. Scientists recently revealed the intricate molecular coordination that makes this possible.
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.
New Strategies in the Battle Against Infectious Diseases
New Strategies in the Battle Against Infectious Diseases
The Scientist Staff | 2 min read
Learn how the latest research into viral and bacterial pathogens advances the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. 
Infographic: Engineering Microbiomes with CRISPR
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 2 min read
Researchers are using CRISPR for precise genetic manipulation of human-associated microbes as a promising avenue for improving human health.
<style type="text/css" >p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.8px Helvetica; color: #000000}</style>Purple cartoon of candida auris with lines pointing places the bacteria clings to in a hospital, like a wheelchair, bed, skin, and catheter.&nbsp;
Seeking Solutions for a Sticky Situation
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Mar 1, 2024 | 2 min read
To cling to everything from catheters to skin, Candida auris uses a unique approach.
<em >The Scientist</em>&rsquo;s Journal Club: Infectious Diseases
The Scientist’s Journal Club: Infectious Diseases
The Scientist | 1 min read
Scientists present the latest research on infection prevention and treatment, including COVID-19 and tropical infectious diseases.
The illustration shows adipocytes, cells of the adipose tissue, and Trypanosoma brucei parasites that occupy the extracellular spaces between the cells.
Lose the Fat and Curb Parasitic Infection
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Mar 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Trypanosoma brucei infection induces fat breakdown, but this strategy benefits the host. 
3D illustration of Leishmania parasite against a black background.
Survival of the Fittest Parasite
Laura Tran, PhD | Mar 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Ever the resourceful parasite, Leishmania co-opts a natural antibody from blood to breed.