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Lower asthma risk is associated with microbes in infants' homes
Infants exposed to a diverse range of bacterial species in house dust during the first year of life appear to be less likely to develop asthma in early childhood, according to a new study published online on June 6, 2014, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. (2014-06-06)
Speeding food safety tests to deliver fresher products
New techniques designed by Nugen and fellow food scientists Amanda Kinchla and doctoral student Juhong Chen, with nanochemist Vincent Rotello, should help food manufacturers avoid costly waiting for safety tests before products can be sold. (2014-06-03)
Blunting rice disease
A naturally occurring microbe in soil that inhibits the rice blast fungus has been identified by a team of researchers from the University of Delaware and the University of California at Davis. (2014-06-02)
Variety in diet can hamper microbial diversity in the gut
Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions discovered that the more diverse the diet of a fish, the less diverse are the microbes living in its gut. (2014-05-28)
A glimpse into nature's looking glass -- to find the genetic code is reassigned
It has long been assumed that there is only one 'canonical' genetic code, so each word means the same thing to every organism. (2014-05-22)
NHAES researchers receive $482,500 grant to study nitrogen loss in soils
Researchers at the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire, have received a $482,500 USDA grant to study the loss of environmental nitrogen in agricultural systems. (2014-05-21)
New, fossil-fuel-free process makes biodiesel sustainable
A new fuel-cell concept, developed by an Michigan State University researcher, will allow biodiesel plants to eliminate the creation of hazardous wastes while removing their dependence on fossil fuel from their production process. (2014-05-21)
Mars mineral could be linked to microbes
Scientists have discovered that living organisms on Earth were capable of making a mineral that may also be found on Mars. (2014-05-19)
UGA research examines fate of methane following the Deepwater Horizon spill
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout discharged roughly five million barrels of oil and up to 500,000 metric tonnes of natural gas into Gulf of Mexico offshore waters over a period of 84 days. (2014-05-11)
Galectins direct immunity against bacteria that employ camouflage
Our bodies produce a family of proteins that recognize and kill bacteria whose carbohydrate coatings resemble those of our own cells too closely. (2014-05-11)
Research suggests human microbiome studies should include a wider diversity of populations
Microbial samples taken from populations living in the US and Tanzania reveal that the microbiome of the human hand is more varied than previously thought, according to new research published in the journal Microbiology. (2014-05-11)
Study in Science finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifers
A study published today in Science by researchers from the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory may dramatically shift our understanding of the complex dance of microbes and minerals that takes place in aquifers deep underground. (2014-05-01)
Undersea warfare: Viruses hijack deep-sea bacteria at hydrothermal vents
More than a mile beneath the ocean's surface, as dark clouds of mineral-rich water billow from seafloor hot springs called hydrothermal vents, unseen armies of viruses and bacteria wage war. (2014-05-01)
Sample of a frog's slimy skin predicts susceptibility to disease, says CU-Boulder
A simple sample of the protective mucus layer that coats a frog's skin can now be analyzed to determine how susceptible the frog is to disease, thanks to a technique developed by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder. (2014-04-30)
UEA research shows bacteria combat dangerous gas leaks
Bacteria could mop up naturally occurring and man-made leaks of natural gases before they are released into the atmosphere and cause global warming. (2014-04-28)
Study finds accelerated soil carbon loss, increasing the rate of climate change
Research published in Science found that increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more carbon dioxide, accelerating climate change. (2014-04-24)
How a plant beckons the bacteria that will do it harm
A common plant puts out a welcome mat to bacteria seeking to invade, and scientists have discovered the mat's molecular mix. (2014-04-24)
Microscopic organism plays a big role in ocean carbon cycling, Scripps scientists discover
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have taken a leap forward in understanding the microscopic underpinnings of the ocean carbon cycle by pinpointing a bacterium that appears to play a dominant role in carbon consumption. (2014-04-24)
Plants send out signals attracting harmful bacteria, MU study finds
When bacteria attack plants, they often inject harmful proteins into the host plants' cells to weaken and suppress natural defenses. (2014-04-24)
Skin layer grown from human stem cells could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing
An international team led by King's College London and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center has developed the first lab-grown epidermis -- the outermost skin layer -- with a functional permeability barrier akin to real skin. (2014-04-24)
Rural microbes could boost city dwellers' health
The greater prevalence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory disorders among people of lower socioeconomic status might be due in part to their reduced exposure to the microbes that thrive in rural environments, according to a new scientific paper. (2014-04-23)
Study of gut microbes, antibiotics: Clues to improving immunity in premature infants
Mothers give a newborn baby a gift of germs -- germs that help to kick-start the infant's immune system. (2014-04-20)
Rethink education to fuel bioeconomy, says report
Microbes can be highly efficient, versatile and sophisticated manufacturing tools, and have the potential to form the basis of a vibrant economic sector. (2014-04-15)
Antibiotics improve growth in children in developing countries
Antibiotics improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in low and middle income countries, according to researchers at McGill University who have just conducted a research literature review on the subject. (2014-04-15)
Faithful allies since the Cretaceous
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the University of Regensburg, Germany, in collaboration with researchers in the USA, discovered that certain wasps tightly control mother-to-offspring transmission of their bacterial symbionts. (2014-04-14)
The tiniest greenhouse gas emitters
Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes are one of the biggest uncertainties facing climate modelers. (2014-04-07)
Deforestation of sandy soils a greater climate threat
A new Yale-led study finds that tree removal has far greater consequences for climate change in some soils than in others, a finding that could provide key insights into which ecosystems should be managed with extra care. (2014-04-01)
Ancient whodunit may be solved: The microbes did it!
Methane-producing microbes may be responsible for the largest mass extinction in Earth's history. (2014-03-31)
Understanding plant-soil interaction could lead to new ways to combat weeds
Using high-powered DNA-based tools, a recent study at the University of Illinois identified soil microbes that negatively affect ragweed and provided a new understanding of the complex relationships going on beneath the soil surface between plants and microorganisms. (2014-03-25)
Research study takes deeper look at the role of gut microbes in the immune system
New research suggests that gut microorganisms do not merely influence immune cell function, but also support the production of immune cells that form the first line of defense against infection. (2014-03-24)
Permafrost thaw: No upside
A new study published in the journal Ecology by Woods Hole Research Center assistant scientist, Susan Natali, finds that growing season gains do not offset carbon emissions from permafrost thaw. (2014-03-21)
Fauci: Robust research efforts needed to address challenge of antimicrobial resistance
Given the evolutionary ability of microbes to rapidly adapt, the threat of antimicrobial resistance likely will never be eliminated. (2014-03-20)
The precise reason for the health benefits of dark chocolate: Mystery solved
The health benefits of eating dark chocolate have been extolled for centuries, but the exact reason has remained a mystery -- until now. (2014-03-18)
In the lab, scientists coax E. coli to resist radiation damage
Capitalizing on the ability of an organism to evolve in response to punishment from a hostile environment, scientists have coaxed the model bacterium Escherichia coli to dramatically resist ionizing radiation and, in the process, reveal the genetic mechanisms that make the feat possible. (2014-03-14)
Project MERCCURI 'crowdsourced' space station samples take flight
The Microbial Ecology Research Combining Citizen and University Researchers on the International Space Station project (Project MERCCURI) is a crowdsourced effort to send a litany of microbes to the space station for research. (2014-03-13)
Deficient protein GM-CSF production found to impair gut's immune tolerance
Deletion of the GM-CSF gene in mice was shown to reduce and impair regulatory function of the gut tissue macrophages and dendritic cells, which compromised oral tolerance and increased susceptibility to inflammatory bowel disease. (2014-03-13)
Microbes help to battle infection
Caltech researchers found that beneficial gut bacteria are necessary for the development of innate immune cells -- specialized types of white blood cells that serve as the body's first line of defense against invading pathogens. (2014-03-12)
Microbes in space
Microbes collected from Northern California and throughout the nation will soon blast into orbit for research and a microgravity growth competition on the International Space Station. (2014-03-12)
Missing link in plant immunity identified
An enzyme critical to plant immunity is found to be activated in a previously unknown way. (2014-03-12)
Large study identifies the exact gut bacteria involved in Crohn's disease
While the causes of Crohn's disease are not well understood, recent research indicates an important role for an abnormal immune response to the microbes that live in the gut. (2014-03-12)
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