Latest microbiologist Stories
The newest revolution in microbiology testing walks on four legs and says "baa."
By Wood, Marcia If pathogens like E.
Looking out over the low green mountains jutting through miles of placid waterways here in southern Chile, it is hard to imagine that anything could be amiss. But beneath the rows of neatly laid netting around the fish farms just off the shore, the salmon are dying.
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.
Microbiologists are rethinking the ways in which they define and classify microbial species. Studying microbes and understanding how they are related to one another throughout evolutionary time is important in determining how life originated on our planet.
By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists in Thailand have detected live H5N1 bird flu virus in the blood of a boy who died in December, a discovery that might lead to a safer way to diagnose the disease in humans. At present, respiratory secretions are collected to test for the H5N1 virus.
Scientists in Thailand have detected live H5N1 bird flu virus in the blood of a boy who died in December, a discovery that might lead to a safer way to diagnose the disease in humans.
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.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered a tiny biological structure that is highly electrically conductive. This breakthrough helps describe how microorganisms can clean up groundwater and produce electricity from renewable resources. It may also have applications in the emerging field of nanotechnology, which develops advanced materials and devices in extremely small dimensions.