Watch where you step! Soil-dwelling bacteria may hold the key to the future of agriculture.

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Cholera has long been a fatal disease, but it took the ingenuity of some truly remarkable scientists, Snow, Pacini, and Koch, to figure out the causes were dirty water, intestinal disease, and a microscopic curved bacterium called Vibrio.

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Written by Katherine J. Wozniak | Tn-seq allowed researchers in two recent mBio publications to screen entire bacterial genomes to identify genes involved in surviving during nutrient deprivation.

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Why did a giant fungus inspire Stephen Jay Gould to quote Walt Whitman’s “I contain multitudes” way back in 1992?

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Ants have learned to farm 50 million years ago, way before humans did. Their crop of choice? Fungus.

Published in Microbial Sciences
Monday, 11 September 2017 15:08

Microbial Reefs of New York

Exotic microbial structures are probably growing closer to home than you think. The microbial reefs of New York are one such example – what can you find near you?

Published in Microbial Sciences
Saturday, 29 July 2017 17:18

The Mysterious Landscape

Do “microbial landscapes” really exist? Or is that phrase simply a poetic way to write about microbial ecology?

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The intricate microenvironment of human breast tissue supports regionally distinct microbiota, which may provide new insight to cancer risk and therapy. As a follow up to the 2016 article by Julie Wolf, the role of microbes in breast cancer is revisited, with an emphasis on the role of probiotics in breast cancer prevention.

Published in Microbial Sciences
Friday, 24 February 2017 12:44

Putting Evolution to the Test

Microbes are great tools to study evolutionary biology.  The ability to carry out long term experiments in both model and complex systems, and derive genome information from progeny strains has revolutionized the study of evolution.

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We now know that antibacterial soaps do not protect from preventable illness better than regular soap, but beyond that, some of these products are even shown to have deleterious long-term effects.

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