prison, microbiology, cell & molecular biology
Evolutionary Rewiring
Evolutionary Rewiring
Ruth Williams | Feb 26, 2015
Strong selective pressure can lead to rapid and reproducible evolution in bacteria.
Stem Cells Phone Home
Stem Cells Phone Home
Jef Akst | Feb 26, 2015
A screen of 9,000 small molecules identifies a treatment that improves the targeting of mesenchymal stem cells to sites of damaged tissue.
Medical Equipment May Spread Superbug
Medical Equipment May Spread Superbug
Kerry Grens | Feb 20, 2015
Drug-resistant bacteria have spread in a Los Angeles hospital, perhaps from contaminated endoscopes.
The Dark Side of Melanin
The Dark Side of Melanin
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 19, 2015
Researchers uncover a previously unknown way UV light can act on melanin, spurring cancer-causing mutations hours after sun exposure.
Signs of Sleep Deprivation in the Blood
Signs of Sleep Deprivation in the Blood
Bob Grant | Feb 11, 2015
Circulating fats and acids drop in people and rats that aren’t getting enough sleep.
Subway Microbiome
Subway Microbiome
Jef Akst | Feb 9, 2015
Researchers document the bacterial life living among New York City’s transit stations.
Stubbornly Persistent
Stubbornly Persistent
Mary Beth Aberlin | Feb 1, 2015
Microorganisms continually challenge our assumptions of what life can achieve.
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.
Crystal Structure, Murky Function
Crystal Structure, Murky Function
Ruth Williams | Jan 29, 2015
Scientists have determined the crystal structures of bacterial translocator proteins, but their functions remain unclear.
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.