microorganisms
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 21, 2018

A new study shows that the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients have a greater viral load, while another study in mice shows infection leads to amyloid-β build up.

From Little Things Big Things Grow
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2018
We should take comfort in the fact that life on Earth had such unassuming, shared beginnings.
How Bacteria Eat Penicillin
How Bacteria Eat Penicillin
Shawna Williams | Apr 30, 2018
Scientists work out the specific genes and biochemical steps required for digesting the very drugs designed to kill microbes.
Cancer-Fighting Chemical Found in Human Skin Bacteria
Cancer-Fighting Chemical Found in Human Skin Bacteria
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2018
A molecule produced by a strain of Staphylococcus epidermis interferes with DNA synthesis.
How Do Infant Immune Systems Learn to Tolerate Gut Bacteria?
How Do Infant Immune Systems Learn to Tolerate Gut Bacteria?
Diana Kwon | Jan 10, 2018
Scientists are beginning to unravel the ways in which we develop a healthy relationship with the bugs in our bodies.
Neslihan Taş Studies Permafrost Microbes as They’re Roused by a Warming Climate
Neslihan Taş Studies Permafrost Microbes as They’re Roused by a Warming Climate
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2017
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher’s work will help predict how the Arctic is responding to climate change—and the global effects of those changes.
Cataloging Fungal Life in Antarctic Seas
Cataloging Fungal Life in Antarctic Seas
Ignacio Amigo | Dec 1, 2017
Brazilian researchers report a relatively large diversity of fungi in marine ecosystems surrounding Antarctica, but warn that climate change could bring unpleasant surprises.
Do Microbes Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?
Do Microbes Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?
Jill U. Adams | Sep 1, 2017
The once fringe idea is gaining traction among the scientific community.
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Jul 17, 2017
At Harvard University the chemical biologist looks for new metabolic pathways to investigate how gut bacteria interact with one another and their hosts.
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
Ashley Yeager | Jun 19, 2017
The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.