The microscopic animals were frozen when woolly mammoths still roamed the planet, but were restored as though no time had passed.
A team of international researchers has assembled an atlas of microorganisms present in 60 cities around the world.
The coronavirus could turn sewage surveillance into a mainstream public health practice.
The health of our bodies and microbiomes may depend on society’s return to lifestyles that expose us to bacteria, despite the risks.
In 1966, he found heat-resistant bacteria in a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park. That led to the development of the chemical process behind the coronavirus test.
A small study suggests that soil microbes could play a role in the ring-like grass formations in parts of Australia’s wilderness.
People whose gut bacteria transformed over the decades tended to be healthier and live longer.
B.1.351 may sound sweet to a molecular epidemiologist, but what’s the alternative, other than stigmatizing geographical names?
An oily, 100-nanometer-wide bubble of genes has killed more than two million people and reshaped the world. Scientists don’t quite know what to make of it.
Unexpected species of nematodes, some of them new to science, were found living on the skin of the marine mammals.
Despite doubts from many scientists, a team of researchers who said they had detected an unusual gas in the planet’s atmosphere were still confident of their findings.
Scientists are exploring the physics of viruses, to understand how these pathogens assemble themselves — and might be rent apart.
Researchers have banded together to find safe, virtual ways to teach the principles of microbiology and epidemiology.
A diet full of highly processed foods with added sugars and salt promoted gut microbes linked to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Microbiomes are all the scientific rage, even in art conservation, where studying the microbial species that congregate on works of art may lead to new ways to slow down the deterioration of priceless aging artwork, as well as potentially unmask counterfeits. For instance, scientists have analyzed the microbes found on seven of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings, according to a recent paper published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. And back in March, scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) collected and analyzed swabs taken from centuries-old art in a private collection housed in Florence, Italy, and published their findings in the journal Microbial Ecology.
The researchers behind the earlier March paper were JCVI geneticists who collaborated with the Leonardo da Vinci DNA Project in France. The work built on a prior study looking for microbial signatures and possible geographic patterns in hairs collected from people in the District of Columbia and San Diego, California. They concluded from that analysis that microbes could be a useful geographic signature.
For the March study, the JCVI geneticists took swabs of microbes from Renaissance-style pieces and confirmed the presence of so-called “oxidase positive” microbes on painted wood and canvas surfaces. These microbes munch on the compounds found in paint, glue, and cellulose (found in paper, canvas, and wood), in turn producing water or hydrogen peroxide as byproducts.
Psychological strain can show up as “stress skin.” Treating it is easier (and more affordable) than you think.
The city’s sewers, known for alligator tales and other lore, are routinely tested for traces of the coronavirus.
The city’s underground pungent waterways, known for alligator tales and other lore, are routinely tested for traces of the coronavirus.
Laboratory technologists have been working nonstop to help the nation diagnose an ever-growing number of coronavirus cases.
Testing companies have revealed little about how their products perform in minors. That could be a problem.
Scientists at Columbia University have developed a treatment that blocks the virus in the nose and lungs, is inexpensive and needs no refrigeration.
President Trump’s recent tests are a reminder that although many products exist, none test for infectiousness.
A fungus known as white mold can kill a plant in days. Unless, that is, a virus is around to tame it.
A week of talks, panels and discussions seeks to counter an impression “that this talent pool just does not exist.”
New genetic evidence builds the case that single-celled marine microbes might chow down on viruses.
Astrobiologists shift their gaze, and speculations, to Earth’s broiling sister planet.
The detection of a gas in the planet’s atmosphere could turn scientists’ gaze to a planet long overlooked in the search for extraterrestrial life.
While microscopic and little known, predatory bacteria are among the world’s fiercest and most effective hunters.
Studies of patients with severe cases of Covid-19 show the immune system lacks its usual coordinated response.
In the Mojave Desert, a translucent crystal offers bryophytes much-needed respite from the heat of the sun.
Rescued from their cold, cramped and nutrient-poor homes, the bacteria awoke in the lab and grew.
In a new book, planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson recalls how the Red Planet drew her to become a scientist.
Astrobiologists have used Mars jars for decades. Many didn’t know about the controversial Air Force scientist who started them.
How habitable was early Mars? Why did it become less hospitable? And could there be life there now?
Just weeks after resolving shortages in swabs, researchers are struggling to find the chemicals and plastic pieces they need to carry out coronavirus tests in the lab — leading to long waiting times.
Bacteria in the small intestine may drive inflammation that makes it harder for children to get the calories and nutrients they need.
Pandemic fears have created interest in metallic products touting antimicrobial properties. But experts have doubts about the copper craze.
Britain’s National Collection of Type Cultures, a library of human bacterial pathogens, turned 100 this year.
Our “hidden enemy,” in plain sight.
In 1966, she used a powerful electron microscope to capture an image of a mysterious pathogen — the first coronavirus known to cause human disease.
An infectious outbreak can conclude in more ways than one, historians say. But for whom does it end, and who gets to decide?
The country has engaged defense contractors, doctors, engineers, scientists — and most of the senses — in its battle against the coronavirus.
One that mobilizes scientists.
Computer scientists and biologists have teamed up to make a new class of living robotics that challenge the boundary between digital and biological.
Before this underwater forest disappears, scientists recently raced to search for shipworms and other sea life that might conceal medicine of the future.