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Huge bacteria-eating viruses close gap between life and non-life

Scientists have discovered hundreds of unusually large, bacteria-killing viruses with capabilities normally associated with living organisms, blurring the line between living microbes and viral machines.

12 Feb 2020 Nature

Scientists solve structure enabling cyanobacteria to thrive in low light

The findings could one day be used to engineer crops that thrive under low-light conditions.

5 Feb 2020 Science Advances

Color-changing bandages sense and treat bacterial infections

Researchers developed a material that changes color from green to yellow when it contacts the acidic microenvironment of a bacterial infection.

29 Jan 2020 ACS Central Science

Plants from diverse European habitats associate with the same small group of highly abundant microorganisms

Plants in nature harbour complex microbial communities of bacteria and filamentous eukaryotes (i.e. fungi and oomycetes), and the composition of these communities profoundly influences plant growth and health.

23 Dec 2019 Nature Ecology & Evolution

Simple steps to avoid food poisoning this Christmas

When that’s combined with large family gatherings and cooking and eating outside, it makes Christmas a high-risk period.

23 Dec 2019

Breathing? Thank volcanoes, tectonics and bacteria

Study points to one cause for several mysteries linked to breathable oxygen.

13 Dec 2019 Nature Geoscience

Genes borrowed from bacteria allowed plants to move to land

New study shows that gene transfer from bacteria to algae allowed early life to move from water to land.

14 Nov 2019 Cell

Salmonella – how the body fights back

A study reveals how blood stem cells respond in the first few hours following infection - by acquiring energy from bone marrow support cells.

11 Nov 2019 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Turning a dangerous toxin into a biosensor

One of the main advantages of aerolysin is that it forms very narrow pores that can tell apart molecules with much higher resolution than other toxins.

29 Oct 2019 Nature Communications

Koala epidemic provides lesson in how DNA protects itself from viruses

KoRV-A infection of the koala germline is happening now, and lets researchers look at genome evolution in real time.

10 Oct 2019 Cell

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