Environmental microbiology
Microbial ecology (or environmental microbiology) is the ecology of microorganisms: their relationship with one another and with their environment. It concerns the three major domains of life—Eukaryot...
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Gut Bacteria Signature Shows Link to Depression
The first population-level study on the link between gut bacteria and mental health identifies specific gut bacteria linked to depression and provides evidence that a wide range of gut bacteria can pr...
BBC Earth - These microscopic mites live on your face
We all seem to have Demodex mites living on our faces. Far from being harmful, these uninvited guests could reveal our evolutionary history...
BBC Earth - The bizarre beasts living in Romania's poison cave
In the south-east of Romania, in Constanța county close to the Black Sea and the Bulgarian border, there lies a barren featureless plain. The desolate field is completely unremarkable, except for one ...
Scientists Show A Link Between Intestinal Bacteria And Depression
The research explains the complex mechanisms of interaction and dynamics between the gut microbiota and its host. Data show that relatively minor changes in microbiota profiles or its metabolic activi...
Evolution Abandoned Giant Pandas After They Switched To A Bamboo Diet
A giant panda may look like a vegetarian on the outside, but it definitely looks like a carnivore on the inside. A genetic analysis of 121 samples of panda poop finds that the community of microbes li...
Stanford Scientists Discover How Microbes Acquire Electricity In Making Methane
Stanford University scientists have solved a long-standing mystery about methanogens, unique microorganisms that transform electricity and carbon dioxide into methane. In a new study, the Stanford tea...
Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes
Passing gas, in some instances, may be a sign that you're kicking your gut microbes into action. And that means they can help keep you healthy, says one scientist.
5 Ways To Get Good Bacteria In Your Stomach
Here's why minding your body's microbes can help you get healthy from the inside out.
Speaking From the Gut for Immune Health
Intestinal cells communicate with probiotic gut microbes for a healthy immune system. The human body is swarming with bacteria and other microbes that outnumber our own cells by more than ten to one....
Antibiotics Might Be Fueling Obesity Epidemic
Expanding waistlines may be caused by more than bad diets and sedentary habits. Antibiotics could be disrupting our gut bacteria, helping people pack on fat like farm animals.
Red Meat May Cause Heart Disease by Disrupting Gut Bacteria
Our guts are awash in bacteria, and now a new study fingers them as culprits in heart disease. A complicated dance between the microbes and a component of red meat could help explain how the food migh...
Fungus Inside Us: A New Health Frontier?
The big, weird world of creatures inside you may be even bigger and weirder than anybody thought. Fungi are the latest addition to human menagerie, joining bacteria and viruses in forming the teeming,...
Bacterial Biofilms Beat Teflon in Repelling Liquids
Slimy mats of bacteria called biofilms may be the most liquid-repellent materials in nature, researchers have discovered. “There are a few man-made materials that can perform better, and they have to ...
5 Extreme Life-Forms That Live on the Edge – News Watch
Water bears, ice worms, and brine shrimp are among Earth's "extremophiles"—creatures that can withstand the harshest conditions on the planet.
Auto-Brewery Syndrome: Apparently, You Can Make Beer In Your Gut : The Salt : NPR
A Texas man walked into the emergency room, complaining of dizziness after a meal. A Breathalyzer test indicated that he was definitely drunk. But there was one hitch: He hadn't touched alcohol all da...
Extremophile
An extremophile (from Latin extremus meaning "extreme" and Greek philiā (φιλία) meaning "love") is an organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to mo...
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Gut flora
Gut flora or, more appropriately, gut microbiota, consists of a complex community of microorganism species that live in the digestive tracts of animals and is the largest reservoir of microorganisms ...
Sippewissett Microbial Mat
The Sippewissett Salt Marsh is located along the lower eastern Buzzards Bay shoreline of Cape Cod, approximately 5 miles north of Woods Hole and 1 mile southwest of West Falmouth, Massachusetts in the...
Sippewissett Microbial Mat - Wikipedia
Human microbiome
The human microbiota is the aggregate of microorganisms, a microbiome that resides on the surface and in deep layers of skin (including in mammary glands), in the saliva and oral mucosa, in the conjun...
Gut Bacteria Signature Shows Link to Depression
The first population-level study on the link between gut bacteria and mental health identifies specific gut bacteria linked to depression and provides evidence that a wide range of gut bacteria can pr...
Tardigrade
Tardigrades (also known as waterbears or moss piglets) are water-dwelling, segmented micro-animals, with eight legs.They were first discovered by the German pastor Johann August Ephraim Goeze in 1773....
Tardigrade - Wikipedia
BBC Earth - These microscopic mites live on your face
We all seem to have Demodex mites living on our faces. Far from being harmful, these uninvited guests could reveal our evolutionary history...
Chloroplast
Chloroplasts /ˈklɔrəplæsts/ are organelles, specialized subunits, in plant and algal cells. Their main role is to conduct photosynthesis, where the photosynthetic pigment chlorophyll captures the ener...
Chloroplast - Wikipedia
BBC Earth - The bizarre beasts living in Romania's poison cave
In the south-east of Romania, in Constanța county close to the Black Sea and the Bulgarian border, there lies a barren featureless plain. The desolate field is completely unremarkable, except for one ...
Stanford Scientists Discover How Microbes Acquire Electricity In Making Methane
Stanford University scientists have solved a long-standing mystery about methanogens, unique microorganisms that transform electricity and carbon dioxide into methane. In a new study, the Stanford tea...
Quorum sensing
Quorum sensing is a system of stimulae and response correlated to population density. Many species of bacteria use quorum sensing to coordinate gene expression according to the density of their local ...
Quorum sensing - Wikipedia
Gene prediction
In computational biology gene prediction or gene finding refers to the process of identifying the regions of genomic DNA that encode genes. This includes protein-coding genes as well as RNA genes, but...
Viral decay acceleration
Viral decay acceleration (VDA) is a therapeutic strategy which increases the mutation frequency of a virus toward an error catastrophe threshold.Viruses evolve at rates approximately one million times...
Winogradsky column
The Winogradsky column is a simple device for culturing a large diversity of microorganisms. Invented in the 1880s by Sergei Winogradsky, the device is a column of pond mud and water mixed with a carb...
Winogradsky column - Wikipedia