microorganisms
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 Fungi Within
The Fungi Within
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Feb 1, 2016
Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.
The Mycobiome
The Mycobiome
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Feb 1, 2016
The largely overlooked resident fungal community plays a critical role in human health and disease.
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.
Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 22, 2015
In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.
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.
Soil Microbiome of Central Park
Soil Microbiome of Central Park
Jef Akst | Sep 30, 2014
Nearly 600 soil samples from New York City’s famous park reveal that the urban environment harbors just as much biodiversity as natural ecosystems across the globe.