Small Things Considered
A blog for sharing appreciation of the width and depth of microbes and microbial activities on this planet.
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by Elio | Surely there are limits to the size and physiology of bacterial cells. They can only get to be so big or so small, so full of ribosomes or so depleted of them, so fast or so extremely slow in their growth. Add another one to this list: are there limits to how precisely bacteria position their division site? What brings this up is that many of the bacteria encountered in...
by Terry Roemer | Increasingly, it is becoming apparent that there is a deep difference between what happens in vivo and in vitro. The idea that one can comfortably extrapolate from the bench to, say, the bedside, is receding rapidly. Living things, not even the smallest ones, are no agar plates, however convenient and inexpensive these may be.
We posted Talmudic Questions #118 and #119 together because they struck us as being inter-related, both sending our thoughts down similar avenues. Their appearance together on the blog prompted a lively conversation that we thought too interesting to leave buried out of sight. Moreover, we note that it is not too late to take part by posting a comment. You don't have to be an expert to contribute a comment here, or on any of our posts. We invite you to join in...
by S. Marvin Friedman | The enterobacterium Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of the plague, was responsible for many terrifying outbreaks over the course of recorded history, but the most devastating pandemic was known as the Black Death. Occurring between the years 1347 and 1351, it is estimated that it claimed about one-third of Europe’s population, half of that of China, and one-eighth of Africa's. This dreaded disease...
by Chris Condayan | ASM traveled to Colombia to film researchers from the University of Lausanne – Switzerland, the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and the Universidad de la Salle – Utopia campus, who are working to create and test novel strains of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) to improve cassava production. Click through to watch the video...
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