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Light Shed On British Columbia's Unseen Biodiversity With Global Survey Of Microbial 'Dark Matter'
2013-07-16 09:12:00

University of British Columbia A landmark single-cell genomic study of microorgansims from sites across the globe is highlighting British Columbia's role as an 'oasis' of biodiversity. The findings, to be published Sunday in Nature, could also prompt scientists to redefine how the tree of life represents relationships among and between life's three domains. "British Columbia has long been recognized for its biological diversity in flora and fauna," says University of British Columbia...

2013-06-25 12:46:49

A new palm-sized microarray that holds 1,200 individual cultures of fungi or bacteria could enable faster, more efficient drug discovery, according to a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Scientists at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston have developed a microarray platform for culturing fungal biofilms, and validated one potential application of the...

Student Builds Human Colon Replica To Understand Impact Bacteria Has On Groundwater
2013-05-28 10:53:18

University of California - Riverside To better understand how bacteria impact the environment a former University of California, Riverside graduate student spent nearly a year building a system that replicates a human colon, septic tank and groundwater and "fed" the colon three times a day during weeklong experiments to simulate human eating. Ian Marcus, who recently earned his Ph.D. from the UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, said discussion of the research often left people a...

Extreme Arctic Bacteria Could Thrive On Mars
2013-05-24 14:19:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent discovery made on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic opens up the possibly that bacteria could grow on the surface of Mars. Scientists recently found that a bacterium was able to thrive at five degrees Fahrenheit, which is the coldest temperature ever reported for bacterial growth. The bacterium provides clues about preconditions for microbial life on both the Saturn moon Enceladus and Mars. The researchers...

2013-05-05 23:03:54

Wound Rinse Removes Bacteria and Biofilms and Enhances Healing Claremont CA (PRWEB) May 05, 2013 Removing embedded bacteria from biofilms in wounds remains a challenge to doctors and caregivers. Likewise, veterinarians face similar challenges treating their zoo patients. Synedgen will report compelling data on new treatments against wound biofilms at a poster session at the 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (asm2013) on May 18-21, 2013, at the Colorado...

2013-04-25 16:15:56

The microbial population in the air of the New York City subway system is nearly identical to that of ambient air on the city streets. This research, published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, establishes an important baseline, should it become necessary to monitor the subway's air for dispersal of potentially dangerous microbes. Also, the combination of new methodologies in the study, including fast collection of aerosols and rapid sequencing technology,...

We Share More Of Our Germs With Dogs Than We Do With Our Children
2013-04-17 14:38:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the new online science and biomedical journal eLIFE say parents share more bacteria with family dogs than children. The team, led by the University of Colorado-Boulder, looked at the types and transfer modes of microbes from the guts, tongues, foreheads and palms of 60 American families and their canines. In all, they sampled 159 people and 36 dogs. Researchers swabbed various parts of the body to obtain...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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