Tiny Hitchhikers Reveal Turtles’ Movements and Foraging Ecology
Tiny Hitchhikers Reveal Turtles’ Movements and Foraging Ecology
Microscopic creatures called epibionts that live on sea turtles’ shells can help researchers understand their secretive lives.
Tiny Hitchhikers Reveal Turtles’ Movements and Foraging Ecology
Tiny Hitchhikers Reveal Turtles’ Movements and Foraging Ecology

Microscopic creatures called epibionts that live on sea turtles’ shells can help researchers understand their secretive lives.

Microscopic creatures called epibionts that live on sea turtles’ shells can help researchers understand their secretive lives.

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Image of the Day: Inflamed Mouse Follicles
Image of the Day: Inflamed Mouse Follicles
Emily Makowski | Dec 16, 2019
Normal hair growth can lead to infection during cancer treatment.
Image of the Day: Microscopic Creatures
Image of the Day: Microscopic Creatures
Emily Makowski | Dec 12, 2019
View the top three winners of this year’s Nikon Small World in Motion Competition.
Image of the Day: An Infectious Glow
Image of the Day: An Infectious Glow
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 7, 2019
In CRISPRed fruit flies that lack certain antimicrobial peptides, bacterial infections flourish, as revealed by fluorescent markers.
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.
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.
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.
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 16, 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.
Arming Synthetic Bacteria Against Cancer
Arming Synthetic Bacteria Against Cancer
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 20, 2016
Researchers engineer bacteria that deliver an anti-tumor toxin in mice before self-destructing. 
Archaea’s Role in Carbon Cycle
Archaea’s Role in Carbon Cycle
Catherine Offord | Jun 30, 2016
Bathyarchaeota undergo acetogenesis, generating organic carbon below the seafloor.
The Mycobiome
The Mycobiome
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Feb 1, 2016
The largely overlooked resident fungal community plays a critical role in human health and disease.
The Fungi Within
The Fungi Within
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Jan 31, 2016
Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.
Lost Colonies
Lost Colonies
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2015
Next-generation sequencing has identified scores of new microorganisms, but getting even abundant bacterial species to grow in the lab has proven challenging.
Microorganisms Make a House a Home?
Microorganisms Make a House a Home?
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 26, 2015
The fungal and bacterial communities in household dust can reveal some details about a building’s inhabitants.