mtDNA, microbiology
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Jim Daley | Jan 25, 2018
The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.
How Gaining and Losing Weight Affects the Body
How Gaining and Losing Weight Affects the Body
Abby Olena | Jan 17, 2018
Millions of measurements from 23 people who consumed extra calories every day for a month reveal changes in proteins, metabolites, and gut microbiota that accompany shifts in body mass.
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.
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.
Microbes of the Human Tongue Form Organized Clusters
Microbes of the Human Tongue Form Organized Clusters
Kerry Grens | Dec 5, 2017
Bacteria on the tongue’s surface reside in clumps distinguished by genus, unlike the intermingled communities observed in other tissues.
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.
Search for Life on the Red Planet
Search for Life on the Red Planet
Diana Kwon | Dec 1, 2017
Growing evidence points to a once-habitable world—and recent findings suggest that life could exist on Mars today.
Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars
Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars
Diana Kwon | Nov 30, 2017
High levels of radiation, among other health risks, challenge the future colonation of the Red Planet.
Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria
Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria
Kerry Grens | Nov 27, 2017
Lab experiments and metagenomic analyses of flies’ resident bacteria indicate that the insects carry microbes from place to place on their legs.