settlers, disease & medicine, microbiology
When Stop Means Go
When Stop Means Go
Ruth Williams | May 22, 2014
A survey of trillions of base pairs of microbial DNA reveals a considerable degree of stop codon reassignment.
Border Collies vs. <em>E. coli</em>
Border Collies vs. E. coli
Bob Grant | May 21, 2014
A study shows that the herding dogs can be an effective means of controlling bacterial infections spread by seagulls.
Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina
Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina
Jef Akst | May 19, 2014
The overly simplistic notion of a Lactobacillus-dominated vaginal microbiome is giving way to an appreciation of diverse and dynamic bacterial communities.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Sarah C.P. Williams | May 1, 2014
Tools for tracking quorum-sensing signals in bacterial colonies
The Telltale Tail
The Telltale Tail
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 1, 2014
A symbiotic relationship between squid and bacteria provides an alternative explanation for bacterial sheathed flagella.
Genetic Test Could Replace Pap Smear
Genetic Test Could Replace Pap Smear
Kerry Grens | Apr 25, 2014
The US Food and Drug Administration approves a cervical test for human papillomavirus to be used as a primary cancer screening tool.
Microbe’s Diversity Is Vast, Ancient
Microbe’s Diversity Is Vast, Ancient
Kerry Grens | Apr 24, 2014
A marine cyanobacterium possesses astounding genomic diversity, yet still organizes into distinct subpopulations that have likely persisted for ages.
Money Microbiome
Money Microbiome
Jef Akst | Apr 24, 2014
Swabbing cash circulating in New York City reveals more than 3,000 different types of bacteria.
Microbiome Influences
Microbiome Influences
Jef Akst | Apr 22, 2014
Researchers find that gender, education level, and breastfeeding can affect humans’ commensal microbial communities.
Dermatologically Derived
Dermatologically Derived
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2014
Inspired by turkey skin, researchers devise a bacteriophage-based sensor whose color changes upon binding specific molecules.