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The first hairy microbes

Anyone who has taken high school biology has likely come into contact with a ciliate. The much-studied paramecium is one of 7,000 species of ciliates, a vast group of microorganisms that share a common morphology: single-celled blobs covered in tiny hairs, or cilia. These cilia — Greek for “eyel... Read More

New Clues for Improving Antibiotics for Tolerant Bacteria

The superbug MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has provoked fear in doctors and patients alike because it is endowed with genetic characteristics that make it impervious to many antibiotics, and it can be deadly to boot. Less well known, however, is another class of bacteria tha... Read More

Study: Even the Cleanest Wastewater Contributes to More Super Bacteria

A new University of Minnesota study reveals that the release of treated municipal wastewater – even wastewater treated by the highest-quality treatment technology – can have a significant effect on the quantities of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, often referred to as "superbacteria," in surface ... Read More

Hydra, fruit flies, and stripy colonies of bacteria

In 1952, two years before his untimely death at the age of 41, the mathematician Alan Turing wrote an influential paper entitled "The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis." The paper tackled the problem of how limbs and other structural patterns arise in plants and animals that begin life as undiffer... Read More
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