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Written By: grant on January 18, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Fig. 10 (Theil eines Stockes von </i>Carchesium polypinum<i> mit zwei Individuen)</i>, by Carl Gegenbaur,1870

This is a little critter known as Carchesium polypinum, less formally a “stalked ciliate,” an organism that forms colonies that look like teensy tinesy trees, or maybe ferns, but found in little drops of water. This particular one was found in Grundzüge der vergleichenden Anatomie, published in Leipzig and preserved in the Heidelberg […]

Written By: grant on January 8, 2015 No Comment

Nature celebrates the discovery of a dirty new weapon in the war against antibiotic-resistant pathogens:

An antibiotic with the ability to vanquish drug-resistant pathogens has been discovered — through a soil bacterium found just beneath the surface of a grassy field in Maine. Although the new antibiotic has yet to be tested in people, […]

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Written By: grant on January 7, 2015 No Comment

Science Daily finds the truth behind the old wives’ tale, that common cold viruses flourish in conditions cooler than body temperature – like a nose in winter:

To investigate the relationship between temperature and immune response, [Yale professor of immunobiology Akiko] Iwasaki and an interdisciplinary team of Yale researchers spearheaded by Ellen Foxman, a postdoctoral […]

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Written By: grant on August 19, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily takes us humans out of the driver’s seat and puts the germs inside us in charge of the menu tonight:

In an article published this week in the journal BioEssays, researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico concluded from a review of the recent scientific literature […]

Written By: grant on August 18, 2014 No Comment

Neomatica explains how British and Australian researchers are figuring out why HIV patients show an unusual resistance to multiple sclerosis and its symptoms. It may be that MS is caused by a virus that is either outcompeted by HIV or else vulnerable to the same anti-retroviral medication:

AIDS patients or people with HIV receiving treatment […]

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Written By: grant on August 12, 2014 No Comment

Ain’t that modern life all over? Real Clear Science exposes the (potentially) stinky way antiperspirants alter your armpit bacteria:

While most of us might only concern ourselves with the dry, aromatic benefits of antiperspirants and deodorants, researchers at the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology at the University of Ghent in Belgium are more […]

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Written By: grant on May 2, 2014 No Comment

Birds do it and bees do it as celebration of life. Science Daily explains how bacteria can do it – and make themselves antibiotic-resistant – by using dead cells to reproduce:

Bacteria don’t have sex as such, but they can mix their genetic material by pulling in DNA from dead bacterial cells and inserting […]

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Written By: grant on March 16, 2014 No Comment
Science Art:<i>Bacterial morphology diagram</i>, by Mariana Ruiz

It could be the new collection of shower curtains and matching towels at Target. But no – pleasant though they may be to look at, these shapes make us feel bad.

Found on Wikimedia Commons.

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Written By: grant on March 4, 2014 No Comment

New Scientist is not (we hope) introducing a 1950s-style horror film with their story on the giant, prehistoric virus THAT LIVES AGAIN:

Dubbed a pithovirus after the Greek pithos, meaning a large earthenware jar like an amphora, the virus infects amoebas but does not appear to harm human or mouse cells.

Even so, now that this […]

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