Nobel Prize, microbiology, ecology
Measuring DNA with a Smartphone
Measuring DNA with a Smartphone
Jef Akst | Dec 23, 2014
A new microscope attachment can allow smartphone users to take a closer look at fluorescently labeled DNA.
Bats Make a Comeback
Bats Make a Comeback
Molly Sharlach | Dec 22, 2014
Citizen-scientist data obtained through the U.K.’s National Bat Monitoring Programme show that populations of 10 bat species have stabilized or are growing.
Imagining a “World Without Microbes”
Imagining a “World Without Microbes”
Tracy Vence | Dec 18, 2014
Eradication of microbial disease likely accompanied by poor quality of life for remaining species
Microbes Could Help Solve Sex Crimes
Microbes Could Help Solve Sex Crimes
Kerry Grens | Dec 17, 2014
Microbial species found in pubic hair samples could help track down criminals.
Winning Bidder to Return Watson’s Nobel
Winning Bidder to Return Watson’s Nobel
Molly Sharlach | Dec 9, 2014
Russian entrepreneur Alisher Usmanov, who purchased James Watson’s 1962 Nobel Prize medal last week, is returning it to the molecular biologist.
Watson Sells Nobel for $4.1M
Watson Sells Nobel for $4.1M
Molly Sharlach | Dec 8, 2014
James Watson, who helped to discover the structure of DNA, has auctioned off his Nobel Prize medal.
Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life
Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2014
By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.
Along Came a Spider
Along Came a Spider
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2014
Researchers are turning to venom peptides to protect crops from their most devastating pests.
Microflora for Hire
Microflora for Hire
Molly Sharlach | Dec 1, 2014
The guts of cows and termites harbor microbes that are renowned complex-carbohydrate digesters, but the human gastrointestinal tract has flora that just might measure up.
Polymerase Pieces
Polymerase Pieces
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2014
Researchers discover a new subunit of a bacterial RNA polymerase—as well as hints of its potential role in defending against viruses.