Alan Boyle writes: Bacteria have legs? That suggestion seemed surprising to Gerard Wong, a bioengineering professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, when his students told him they were seeing some strange behavior in movies of the microbes.
"They said, 'You know, we noticed th... Read More
NIH Intramural Researcher Dr. Julie Segre talks about the Human Microbiome Project in an interview produced by the NIH Common Fund. Read More
A chemical compound made from a type of bacteria discovered in the Florida Keys appears to be effective in fighting colon cancer in preclinical experiments.
The compound—known as largazole because it was first found near Key Largo—inhibits human cancer cell growth in cultures and rodent model... Read More
Drafting cyclists have nothing on spore-spewing fungi. Using an aerodynamic technique, a fungus can reduce drag on its spores—sending them high and far.
One fungus, the destructive Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, spews thousands of spores nearly simultaneously to form a plume that reduces drag to n... Read More
America's hospitals are places of healing and hope. But they're also home to a growing threat. You may have heard of MSRA - a dangerous infection that can often be treated with antibiotics. Now there's a new class of superbugs - infections striking patients with little or no effective treatment ... Read More
Blogs, podcasts, and other new media outlets have changed the way people get their news. Immediate access to information presents new opportunities as well as challenges for science communication. Join Carl Zimmer for a discussion ... Read More
Nature video has produced a piece in which physicist Markita Landry talks with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, the French virologist who received a Nobel Prize in 2008 for identifying HIV as the cause of AIDS. They discuss the impact of the stigma associated with sexual-related diseases and the experi... Read More
A good breeze is just what a fungus needs to spread its seed, but what if the weather doesn't oblige? It turns out some species generate their own jets of air, increasing how far their spores travel more than 30-fold.
Apothecial fungi have cup-shaped fruiting bodies lined with spore-bearing c... Read More
Dr. James Lonnen is the Commercial Laboratory Director in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Leicester. He studied Biological Sciences (Microbiology), one of a suite of Biological Sciences degrees available at the University of Leicester, and graduated in... Read More
Here's the second place winner in Science Now's "Dance Your PhD 2010" worldwide dance competition.
The microbiology of the bowels has never been danced so gracefully. Read More
Anti-malarial drugs are being used inappropriately for sick children in Zambia -- a problem that can be addressed by arming community health workers with a simple rapid-diagnostic test and a supply of antibiotics, a study led by researchers at Boston University School of Public Health has found.... Read More
A time-lapse video clip, recorded with a low light camera, showing bioluminescent E. coli growing on an agar plate overnight.
Bioluminescent bacteria can be used as an excellent reporter of metabolic activity and have many applications in scientific research, from checking food is heated thor... Read More
Jim Collins, a College of Engineering professor of biomedical engineering and codirector of the Center for BioDynamics at Boston University, delivers the 2008 University Lecture, Biology by Design. He talks about his research at BU, including using noise to enhance sensory function and making an... Read More
A student profile of food microbiologist Sylvie at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Read More
Nik Stasulli, graduate student in the Microbiology department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, demonstrates his gram staining technique using coplin jars. Read More
Scientists at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have received a 2-year, $5.3 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to protect warfighters in the event of exposure to infectious diseases during deployment.
Dr. Stephen Albert Johnston and his... Read More
While attention in the Gulf has mostly focused on oil, the explosion and spill also released tremendous amounts of natural gas. David Valentine, a microbial geochemistry professor at UC Santa Barbara, and his research team, have been studying the behavior and distribution of these natural gases,... Read More
Rocco Mancinelli, an astrobiologist from the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, discusses how research has taken the first step to understanding how organisms survive and evolve outside of planet earth. Read More
DOE JGI's Igor Grigoriev and University of Utrecht's Han Wosten discuss the split-gill mushroom, a wood-degrading fungus whose genome was published online July 11, 2010 in Nature Biotechnology.