Issue #672

 

  1. Bioluminescent bacteria in squid controls host's daily rhythms
  2. Revealing the weapons by which bacteria fight each other
  3. In Hong Kong, Seawater And Bacteria Eat Up Sludge
  4. Scientists develop bacteria that needs caffeine to survive and reproduce
  5. Bird Flu Redux? What We Know About H7N9
  6. Scientists Build Hollow Virus For Cheaper Vaccines
  7. Tiny Octopus-Like Microorganisms Named After Science Fiction Monsters

Bioluminescent bacteria in squid controls host's daily rhythms
Wired
April 2, 2013
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-04/2/glowing-squid-bacteria-rhythms
Bacteria that makes the Hawaiian bobtail squid bioluminescent also dictate when it expresses a gene that encodes circadian rhythm-controlling proteins, according to a paper due to be published in mBio.


Revealing the weapons by which bacteria fight each other
Phys.org
April 4, 2013
http://phys.org/news/2013-04-revealing-weapons-bacteria.html
A new study discovered that bacteria can degrade the cell membrane of bacterial competitors with enzymes that do not harm their own membrane. This exciting finding opens the way for the development of new antibacterial drugs to fight bacteria using their own weapons.


In Hong Kong, Seawater And Bacteria Eat Up Sludge
EarthTechling
April 2013
http://www.earthtechling.com/2013/04/in-hong-kong-seawater-and-bacteria-eat-up-sludge/
Scientists have come up with a technology that works using Hong Kong’s experience using seawater as part of its sewage system along with bacteria that could eat up sludge.


Scientists develop bacteria that needs caffeine to survive and reproduce
The Verge
March 29, 2013
http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/29/4160532/scientists-develop-bacteria-that-needs-caffeine-to-survive
Scientists have created a synthetic bacteria that grows thanks to one of humankind's favorite stimulants — caffeine.


Bird Flu Redux? What We Know About H7N9
International Business Times
April 3, 2013
http://www.ibtimes.com/bird-flu-redux-what-we-know-about-h7n9-1168785
In China, nine people have been sickened and three have died from a new strain of H7N9 bird flu. Early scientific examination of the viral strain responsible shows that this avian influenza may be running relatively silent in birds, making it harder to track.


Scientists Build Hollow Virus For Cheaper Vaccines
Popular Science
March 29, 2013
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-03/scientists-build-hollow-virus-cheaper-vaccines
Call it hollow-hearted. Researchers have built a mimic of the outer capsule of the foot-and-mouth disease virus. Inside, where the virus' genetic material normally lives, is empty.


Tiny Octopus-Like Microorganisms Named After Science Fiction Monsters
ScienceDaily
April 2, 2013
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130403092702.htm
Researchers have discovered two new symbionts living in the gut of termites, and taken the unusual step of naming them after fictional monsters created by American horror author HP Lovecraft.

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