Latest Microbial population biology Stories
The human species is dependent for its survival on the billions of microorganisms that inhabit multiple environmental niches within and on the human body.
Research published in the journal Genetics suggests that mutagenic drugs designed to kill viruses may make them stronger.
The National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov) today announced expanded funding for Baylor College of Medicineâ€™s (www.bcm.edu) Human Genome Sequencing Center for its involvement in the Human Microbiome Project
In terms of diversity and sheer numbers, the microbes occupying the human gut easily dwarf the billions of people inhabiting the Earth.
It sounds like a science fiction movie: A killer contagion threatens the Earth, but scientists save the day with a designer drug that forces the virus to mutate itself out of existence.
Scientists know more today than ever before about the microbes that inhabit our mouths. They know so much, in fact, that gathering all of the relevant bits of information into one place when designing experiments can be a job in itself.
Study finds biological complexity arises from self-organizing structure of genes
Scientists at the University of Rochester and the J. Craig Venter Institute have discovered a copy of the genome of a bacterial parasite residing inside the genome of its host species.
Less than one percent of microbes living in the environment can be cultured in the laboratory â€“ a big hindrance for researchers trying to identify microbes in extreme environments. But a new device may help identify microbes without having to culture them at all.
Scientists are now revisiting, and perhaps revising, their thinking about how Archaea, an ancient kingdom of single-celled microorganisms, are involved in maintaining the global balance of nitrogen and carbon. Researchers have discovered the first Archaea known to oxidize ammonia for energy and metabolize carbon dioxide by successfully growing the tentatively named, Nitrosopumilus maritimus, in the lab.
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