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House-sharing with microbes
Household dust contains up to 1,000 different species of microbes, with tens of millions of individual bacterial cells in each gram. (2010-09-08)
Study: Microbial dark matter dominates Earth's environments
Uncultured microbes--those whose characteristics have never been described because they have not yet been grown in a lab culture--could be dominating nearly all the environments on Earth except for the human body, according to a new study published in mSystems. (2018-09-25)
How hormones and microbes drive the gender bias in autoimmune diseases
Females can mount more powerful immune responses than males, but the flip side of this enhanced protection against infections is a greater risk for autoimmune disorders. (2013-08-22)
Gut microbiome shapes change in human health and disease research
World class scientist professor Willem M. de Vos will explain next Monday how the microbes that are closest to our hearts -- gut microbes -- could underpin a new way of thinking about human biology. (2011-10-10)
Discovery linking microbes to methane emissions could make agriculture more sustainable
Common dairy cows share the same core group of genetically inherited gut microbes, which influence factors such as how much methane the animals release during digestion and how efficiently they produce milk, according to a new study. (2019-07-03)
Microbial mass movements
Wastewater, tourism, and trade are moving microbes around the globe at an unprecedented scale. (2017-09-14)
Microbes evolve faster than ocean can disperse them
Ferdi Hellweger, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University, and his research colleagues have created an advanced model aimed at exploring the role of neutral evolution in the biogeographic distribution of ocean microbes. (2014-09-11)
Could there be more than lunch lurking on your retainer?
Insufficient cleaning could allow build-up of microbes on orthodontic retainers, researchers at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute have found. (2011-03-15)
Everything you wanted to know about microbes and oil spills but were afraid to ask
Is it true that microbes cleaned up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Can bacteria really (2011-02-17)
Microbes swap for tiny goods in minuscule markets, researchers find
A closer look at microbes reveals there is big business going on in their very small world, and sometimes we are part of the transaction. (2014-01-14)
Classifying microbes differently leads to discovery
Changing the way microbes are classified can reveal similarities among mammals' gut microbiomes, according to a new study published in mBio that proposes an alternative method for classifying microbes to provide insight into human and environmental health. (2018-10-12)
Life on the wind: Study reveals how microbes travel the Earth
Scientists from the UK and Switzerland have investigated the remarkable distance that microorganisms may be able to blow between continents, raising questions about their potential to colonize new lands and also potentially to spread diseases. (2011-08-17)
Impulsive micromanagers help plants to adapt, survive
Soil microbes are impulsive. So much so that they help plants face the challenges of a rapidly changing climate. (2012-08-14)
Gulf oil spill: NSF awards rapid response grant to study microbes' natural degradation of oil
To understand how the use of dispersants impacts the degradation of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Science Foundation has awarded a rapid response grant to scientist David Valentine of the University of California at Santa Barbara and colleagues. (2010-05-24)
How plants harness microbes to get nutrients
A Rutgers-led team has discovered how plants harness microbes in soil to get nutrients, a process that could be exploited to boost crop growth, fight weeds and slash the use of polluting fertilizers and herbicides. (2018-09-17)
Microbes contribute less to climate warming
The physiology of microbes living underground could determine the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from soils on a warmer Earth, according to a study published online this week in Nature Geoscience. (2010-04-27)
New window opens on the secret life of microbes
Nowhere is the principle of (2008-03-13)
Maternal microbes mediate diet-derived damage
New research in The Journal of Physiology has found, using a mouse model, that microbes in the maternal intestine may contribute to impairment of the gut barrier during pregnancy. (2019-05-12)
Microbes as climate engineers
We might think we control the climate but unless we harness the powers of our microbial co-habitants on this planet we might be fighting a losing battle, according to an article in the February 2008 issue of Microbiology Today. (2008-01-29)
Treating koalas for chlamydia alters gut microbes
Antibiotics used to treat koalas with chlamydia infections may be changing the balance of gut microbes that allows the marsupials to live on a diet of eucalyptus leaves, researchers at UC Davis and the University of the Sunshine Coast have found. (2018-03-26)
'Unhealthy' changes in gut microbes benefit pregnant women
The composition of microbes in the gut changes dramatically during pregnancy, according to a study published by Cell Press in the August 3rd issue of the journal Cell. (2012-08-02)
Transplanting human gut bugs into mice helps understanding of metabolic system
Bugs found in the guts of humans, which play an important part in people's metabolic makeup, have been transplanted into mice to further understanding of the human and animal metabolic system, reveals a new study in the journal Molecular Systems Biology. (2007-05-21)
Oil-eating microbes give clue to ancient energy source
Microbes that break down oil and petroleum are more diverse than we thought, suggesting hydrocarbons were used as an energy source early in Earth's history, scientists heard today at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. (2008-09-09)
Sex matters for microbes
Researchers from the University of Bristol have observed mating for the first time in the microbes responsible for African sleeping sickness. (2014-01-03)
EGF receptor activation prevents microbes from going more than skin deep
Our skin not only serves as a physical barrier against infection but skin cells themselves can mount an immune response to kill invading microbes by producing antimicrobial polypeptides. (2006-06-15)
Paradoxes in microbial economies
In a new paper in Nature Communications, three Santa Fe Institute researchers describe a trio of paradoxical dynamics that can arise in simple microbial economies. (2017-11-08)
Microbes scared to death by virus presence
University of Illinois researchers found the microbe Sulfolobus islandicus can go dormant, ceasing to grow and reproduce, in order to protect themselves from infection by Sulfolobus spindle-shaped virus 9 (SSV9). (2015-04-02)
How Nagana is carried by tsetse flies
Researchers at the University of Bristol have revealed new details on how the animal disease Nagana is spread by tsetse flies in Africa. (2018-05-17)
Sex: It's costly but worth it. Just ask a microbe
Microbes were assumed to be asexual organisms, but a study shows that they also produce offspring when they mate with other microbes. (2006-02-08)
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)
Soil microbes persist through National Mall facelift
It's not every day United States history mixes with microbes in the soil. (2017-08-16)
Ocean atmosphere rife with microbes
Microbes are dispersed widely over the oceans with islands acting as stepping-stones to help transport of land-based organisms. (2017-10-16)
Declaring a truce with our microbiological frienemies
Managing bacteria and other microorganisms in the body, rather than just fighting them, may be lead to better health and a stronger immune system, according to a Penn State biologist. (2013-03-28)
Bacterial life on and in humans orchestrates health and disease
A mounting tide of scientific evidence suggests that the old adage from Aesop's fables -- (2010-12-15)
NC State wins ARPA-E grant to study extremophile production of biofuels
The US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a grant for more than $2.7 million to North Carolina State University to support research into the creation of biofuels using microbial organisms, called extremophiles, that live in high-temperature environments. (2010-04-30)
Microbial transport at Yellowstone: by land, sea or air?
Humans have a penchant for travel -- driving, sailing and flying over the planet in search of new places to live. (2000-11-16)
Twins study shows how genes shape body weight by affecting gut microbes
Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body. (2014-11-06)
Microbial answer to plastic pollution?
Fragments of plastic in the ocean are not just unsightly but potentially lethal to marine life. (2010-03-28)
Dormant microbes promote diversity, serve environment
In a paper published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Michigan State University's Jay Lennon and Stuart Jones described how they used a mathematical model and molecular tools to study how dormancy affects the biodiversity of natural microbial communities, especially in lakes. (2010-03-22)
Soil microbes produce less atmospheric carbon dioxide than expected
In dark, rich soils on every continent, microbes dealing with the effects of climate change aren't accelerating global warming the way scientists had predicted, a study by researchers at the University of California at Irvine, Colorado State University and Yale University shows. (2010-04-26)
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