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June 29, 2015

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June 29, 2015

Soils Are Living, Experts Explain

June 25, 2015 — Soils home to more creatures than there are humans on the earth, scientists report. This includes animals, insect, bacteria and ... read more

June 22, 2015 — As part of their long-term investigation of regulatory factors in the bacterial cell cycle, molecular biologists now report finding a surprising new role for one factor, CpdR, an adaptor that helps ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Researchers have developed a way to put bacteria under a molecular lock and key as a way to contain its accidental spread. The method involves a series of genetic mutations that render the microbe ... read more

June 15, 2015 — In a study that twists nature's arm to gain clues into the varied functions of the bacterial genome, researchers utilize a precision scalpel to excise target genomic regions that are expendable. ... read more

June 15, 2015 — A soil microbe that mobilizes an 'iron shield' to block the uptake of toxic arsenic in rice has been discovered by researchers. The finding gives hope that a natural, low-cost solution -- a ... read more

First Full Genome of a Living Organism Sequenced and Assembled Using Technology the Size of Smartphone

June 15, 2015 — Researchers have for the first time sequenced and assembled de novo the full genome of a living organism, the bacteria Escherichia Coli, using Oxford Nanopore’s MinIONTM device, a genome sequencer ... read more

Scientists Develop New Technique for Analyzing Epigenetics of Bacteria

June 15, 2015 — There is a potential new tool to combat pathogens and overcome antibiotic resistance. Scientists have developed a new technique to more precisely analyze bacterial populations, to reveal epigenetic ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Rapidly detecting the presence of pathogenic bacteria is essential in a number of sectors, such as the food or cosmetics industries. To guarantee the absence of these bacteria, it is necessary to ... read more

Software Tracks Source of Fecal Pollution in Water

June 12, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new piece of software to predict the source of fecal pollution in seas, reservoirs and rivers. The system, called Ichnaea, uses the automatic learning and analysis of ... read more

June 11, 2015 — A new, rapid method is helping detect how bacteria sense and respond to changes in their environment. The food-poisoning pathogen, Salmonella, for example is adept at picking up cues to adjust to ... read more

Winner Doesn't Always Take All

June 11, 2015 — Theoretically predicted and now demonstrated experimentally for the first time using soil bacteria: weaker organisms can prevail against stronger ones -- if they are superior in number. This acts as ... read more

New Method for More Effective Oil Recovery With Microbes Help

June 11, 2015 — Researchers are sending a soil bacterium into alien waters. They are examining whether the microbe can seal up the right places in oil reservoirs all by ... read more

All Change for Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins

June 10, 2015 — The discovery of how a group of bacteria rapidly adapts to changing growth conditions could have implications for future antibiotic development, according to ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Acquiring a group of bacterial symbionts that are localized in the gut enabled firebugs to successfully exploit a food source that was previously inaccessible to them and led to the diversification ... read more

June 5, 2015 — In the animal kingdom, predators use a full range of strategies, such as camouflage, speed and optical illusions, to catch their prey. Meanwhile, prey species resort to the same tactics to escape ... read more

June 4, 2015 — Researchers have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of ... read more

June 4, 2015 — A new study shows that how much a cell grows before it splits into two depends on its initial size. The finding goes against recent publications suggesting cells always add the same amount of mass, ... read more

How Bacteria Survive Antibiotics May Improve Treatment of Infectious Diseases

June 4, 2015 — Infectious diseases kill more people worldwide than any other single cause, but treatment often fails because a small fraction of bacterial cells can transiently survive antibiotics and recolonize ... read more

June 3, 2015 — A microbiology professor and an ornithology professor have discovered that one of North America's most common migratory birds – the Dark-eyed Junco – carries on its feathers a remarkable ... read more

Is Our First Line of Defense Sleeping on the Job?

June 2, 2015 — The skin microbiome is considered our first line of defense against pathogens. Across our bodies, we are covered with a diverse assemblage of bacteria. However, the skin can be a harsh environment ... read more

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