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UMass researchers find food preservative affects gut microbiome

University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers say they’ve found that antimicrobial compounds that are added to preserve food during storage change …

Microbiome

The Microbial World: A Coloring Book of Microbe-Inspired Postcards

<i>The Microbial World: A Coloring Book of Microbe-Inspired Postcards</i> features the work of top illustrators’ take on unique microbes and microscopic …

How to Create Agar Art with Living Microbes

Agar Art

Congratulations to our Winners!<p><b>PLEASE NOTE that the American Society for Microbiology and/or the artists hold COPYRIGHT for these images.</b> Unless you …

Drone gets blasted with whale breath – for a good cause

If you were a humpback whale, chances are that you wouldn't like having someone following along above you in a motorboat, holding a petri dish out on …

Microbiome

American Society for Microbiology

#Repost @tinymicrobes (@get_repost)<br>・・・<br>Octopus!🐙 <br>👉🏻nasal flora on selective chromogenic Staph aureus agar<br>....<br>.<br>.<br>. <br>#microbiology #agarart #biology …

The Shirt Of The Future Will Be Made By Methane-Eating Bacteria

By using a greenhouse gas as the basis for a new material, Mango Materials wants to create a new model of garment production that cleans up the atmosphere as it makes us new clothes.<p>When it wafts from landfills or dairy farms, waste methane–a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than CO2–is usually …

Washing Machines

Scientists Have Found Thousands of New Microbial Communities That Live in 'Healthy' People

They incidentally found 54 bacterial species—as well as fungi and viruses—we didn't know lived inside us.<p>Harvard researchers just discovered not only 54 bacterial species previously unknown to be living in our bodies, but networks of viruses, fungi, and archaea that help in everyday human …

New evidence would push life back to at least 3.95 billion years ago

Labrador find is similar to hotly debated Greenland rocks that had been oldest.<p>You could be forgiven for thinking that the remnants of the Earth’s …

The microbes in a mosquito’s gut may help fight malaria

To keep mosquitoes from transmitting malaria, aim for the gut. Two research teams have found that tinkering with mosquitoes’ resident microbes can …

In Earth’s hottest place, life has been found in pure acid

For the first time, scientists have found living microbes in the blistering hot springs of Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression.<p>In a surreal landscape of colours, dominated by luminescent ponds of yellows and greens, boiling hot water bubbles up like a cauldron, whilst poisonous chlorine and sulphur gases …

Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Engineered microbes turn a bacterium's immune response against itself using CRISPR.<p>Genetically modified viruses that cause bacteria to kill …

Feed Your Dog's Microbiome (Not Just Your Dog)

If you own a dog, don’t think he’s your only pet. Your dog comes with trillions of little friends … and if you neglect to treat his friends as well …

Microbiology

Virus Hunters Draw a Map of Zika’s Spread With DNA

In April 2015, researchers in Brazil reported the first case of Zika virus—finally putting a name to the mysterious rash, fever, and joint …

Antibiotic-resistant microbes date back 450 million years, study finds

Antibiotic-resistant microbes have an ancestry that dates back hundreds of millions of years, even before dinosaurs roamed our planet, a new study …

Biology

The Curious Case of the Caterpillar's Missing Microbes

Many animals, including humans, can’t live healthy lives without the microbes in their guts. These intestinal residents break down food and help to …

Biology

3rd place goes to Ana Tsitsishvili for her submission, Dancing Microbes, all the way from Tbilisi, Georgia! #AgarArt #SciArt https://t.co/Qyeijc2xe5

Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and …

Microbiology

American Society for Microbiology

This year we received 265 submissions from 36 countries! PLEASE NOTE that the American Society for Microbiology and/or the artists hold COPYRIGHT for …

NY, NJ hotspot for deadly superbug fungus

<b>NEW YORK --</b> A "superbug" fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey.<p>First identified in Japan in 2009, …

New blood tests can detect prions

A new blood test can detect even tiny amounts of infectious proteins called prions, two new studies show.Incurable prion diseases, such as mad cow …

Blood Tests

Oysters Are Being Recalled Over Norovirus

The recall impacts over 30 companies.<p>Oysters may be an aphrodisiac—but shellfish harvested from inlets in Washington are causing anything but …

The Frankenstein of Giant Viruses Found in Sewage Plant

New giant viruses found at an Austrian wastewater treatment plant probably evolved from a smaller virus that picked up bits of genome from its hosts …

Biology

A Seemingly Harmless Virus Might Be Triggering Celiac Disease

Celiac disease can be a nightmare, with the slew of gluten-triggered ails it brings. Those includes everything from gastrointestinal symptoms like …

Celiac Disease

Microscopy Meets Photography, 200 Years Later

<b>Figure 1.</b> Drawings of bacteria from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek’s 1683 letter to the Royal Society (left; Source) and one of Robert Koch’s photographs of</i> …

Microscopy

A Microbe Hunter Plies Her Trade In Space

A few months ago, at her office in Houston, Kate Rubins was feeling weird.<p>She was dizzy, she says — "staggering around like a 2-year-old who had just learned to walk." She was constantly looking at her desk to make sure the objects on top weren't floating away.<p>Rubins wasn't going nuts. She was just …

Space Science

The Microbiome of the Clouds

This is Science Friday. I’m Manoush Zomorodi, host of the podcast Note to Self from WNYC, filling in for Ira Flatow. Later in the hour, we’ll take a …

Biology

How economics killed the antibiotic dream

<b>On a ramshackle pig farm near Wuxi, in Jiangsu province, China, a foreigner gets out of a taxi.</b><p>The family are surprised. Their little farm is at the end of a bumpy track through rice paddies, and they do not get many foreigners asking to use the toilet.<p>The stranger's name is Philip Lymbery, and he …

50,000-Year-Old 'Super Life' Discovered Says Head Of NASA Astrobiology

Deep within a Mexican cave NASA scientists discovered ancient life forms that have been trapped within crystals for 50,000 years. The cave whereby these microbes live is the famous Naica Cave in Mexico’s Chihuahua state and is known for fairytale like massive crystals and extreme conditions.<p>The …