Recently, one of the Journal of Bacteriology Classic Spotlight series highlighted the numerous studies on bacterial spores that have been published in the journal throughout the years. Bacterial endospores, the resilient and relatively quiescent bacterial structures first identified in the 1800s... Read More
Washington, DC – July 29, 2016 - Many deadly diseases that afflict humans were originally acquired through contact with animals. New research published in ASM’s Applied and Environmental Microbiology shows that pathogens can also jump the species barrier to move from humans to animals. The study... Read More
The first experimental Zika virus vaccine has been published, and in this episode of Virus Watch, I explain how it works - it's a DNA vaccine - compared with all the other vaccines out there. Read More
Researchers as the University of Massachusetts are working with Geobacter by manipulating their genetic material. This manipulation makes the bacteria produce filaments of tryptophan, increasing the electrical conductivity of the bacteria by 2,000 times.
The uses for these nanowires could be... Read More
Streak plate of E. Coli transformed with the plasmid Green Fluorescent Protein (pGFP). Under UV light the colonies expressing GPF fluoresce green, colonies with normal light were a light green as well. Culture was grown on LB agar with ampicillin for 48 hrs. Read More
Smithsonian.com delves into the weeds of horizontal gene transfers (HGT) in bacteria. A feat that is largely unique to bacteria, it allows bacteria to trade DNA with other bacteria.
Bacteria can "exchange DNA as easily as we might exchange phone numbers, money or ideas".
Explore some of ... Read More