microscope image of methaotrophs with black specks
Deep Sea Microbes Produce Graphite-like Carbon
The first evidence of biologically produced elemental carbon inspires more questions than answers.  
ABOVE: GUNTER WEGENER
Deep Sea Microbes Produce Graphite-like Carbon
Deep Sea Microbes Produce Graphite-like Carbon

The first evidence of biologically produced elemental carbon inspires more questions than answers.  

The first evidence of biologically produced elemental carbon inspires more questions than answers.  

ABOVE: GUNTER WEGENER

respiration

An illustrated schematic with a blue background describes how oxygenated perfluorocarbon can rescue respiratory failure in mammals.
Mammals Can Use Their Intestines to Breathe
Abby Olena | May 14, 2021
Researchers show that both mice and pigs are capable of oxygenating their blood via the colon—a capacity that, if shared by humans, could be leveraged in the clinic to minimize the need for mechanical ventilation.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus May Travel in Aerosols
Amy Schleunes | Apr 3, 2020
Several studies have indicated that SARS-CoV-2 might be spread through air, but not all experts are convinced.
Lost Smell and Taste Hint COVID-19 Can Target the Nervous System
Ashley Yeager | Mar 24, 2020
The symptoms suggest SARS-CoV-2 might infect neurons, raising questions about whether there could be effects on the brain that play a role in patients’ deaths, but the data are preliminary.
Biochemist Hans Kornberg Dies
Catherine Offord | Jan 27, 2020
An expert on carbohydrate transport, Kornberg contributed to the discovery of several metabolic cycles in microorganisms during his seven-decade career.
Mistletoe Lacks Key Energy-Generating Complex
Shawna Williams | May 3, 2018
The parasitic plant manages to go without a component of mitochondria found in all other multicellular life forms.
Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death
Catherine Offord | Mar 29, 2018
Alterations to a protein involved in breathing may help explain some cases of sudden infant death syndrome, a study finds.
Sea Spiders Breathe with Their Guts
Diana Kwon | Jul 10, 2017
These ocean-dwelling arthropods move oxygen through a digestive system in their legs.
“Harmless” Oral Microbe Can Enable Pathogen
Alison F. Takemura | Jul 12, 2016
By making oxygen more available, a benign bacterium can provide better growth conditions for a virulent one, according to a study.
Cadherin Connection
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Dec 1, 2014
A multitasking plasma membrane protein coordinates cell division and energy metabolism in healthy—and perhaps also cancerous—Drosophila cells.
Choir Singers Synchronize Heartbeats
Chris Palmer | Jul 10, 2013
Singers in a choir unconsciously coordinate their breathing patterns, which leads to synchronized heart rates, especially during slow chanting.