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Science is Boring and Other Myths

There are a lot of young people who haven't thought much about a career as a scientist. Some of them may think they're not smart enough. Some think science is boring. In other words, people believe a lot of myths. Here are some of the most common ones.



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History of Microbiology

Microbiology’s 50 Most Significant Events 1875–Present


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How to Get Started in Microbiology

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DNA Microarrays

If a microbiologist is studying bacteria that bioremediate, or break down, toxic wastes and wants to know which specific genes are active when that bacterium is degrading, say, PCBs, he would likely use a tool called the DNA microarray.


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16S rRNA

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Gene Sequencing

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Tools of the Trade


Microbiologists perform a wide range of jobs and activities, and the tools they use are just as diverse. The instruments and techniques that microbiologists use range from the simplest to the most complex.


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Types of Careers

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Bacteria

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Ant Farmers and Gardens of Fungi


Ant Farmers and Their Gardens of Fungi


It’s not clear precisely how and why some ancestral species of ant first took up fungus farming, but scientists have determined by genetic testing that it happened about 50 million years ago.


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Algae: The Invisible Partner


Major development projects are taking place in oceans across the globe all the time, enterprises that will provide shelter and food for a vast number of fish, mussels, urchins, and other marine life.

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Microbial Mergers

Collaborations on a Minute Scale



Over millions of years of evolution, we humans have worked out a mutually beneficial partnership with the microbes that came to inhabit our guts. In ... Read More

What They Look Like


Fungi are eukaryotic organisms. This means that their DNA-containing chromosomes are enclosed within a nucleus inside their cells. (The chromosomes of bacteria and archaea are not walled off inside nuclei, making them prokaryotic organisms.)

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Where They Are Found


Viruses are found on or in just about every material and environment on Earth from soil to water to air. They're basically found anywhere there are cells to infect. Viruses have evolved to infect every form of life, from animal to plant and from fungi to bacter... Read More

Lichens

Lichens: When Fungi and Algae (or Cyanobacteria) Merged


Fungi feed themselves quite ably, absorbing nutrients from organic materials. Algae and cyanobacteria are also adept at providing for their own nutritional needs by turning sunlight into energy through photosynthesis.


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Mitochondria and Chloroplasts




The Partnerships That Led to Higher Life


If you could peer deep into one of the many cells in your body, you’d see little blobs, squiggles, and coils. These are the cel... Read More

What is a Microbe?

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Careers in Microbiology

About Merry Buckley, Ph.D.

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