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 Gemma Reguera The Cold Side Of The Earth In the midst of one of the worst Michigan winters on record, I felt inspired to learn more about how microbes cope with the cold (it is true: misery does indeed like company). So it happens that the polar vortex that has visited our northern states a few times this season has given us a glimpse at the subzero temperatures that prevail in the northern lands of our planet, sometimes all year round. The most northern areas are what we generally know as […]
What may be the reason why E. coli is usually the most abundant facultative anaerobe in mammalian feces?
by Gemma Reguera After watching Hollywood movies of medieval knights with neat haircuts and bright smiles, it may shock you to be reminded that our dear medieval cousins looked anything but clean. The truth is that hygiene was not a top priority in the Middle Ages and germs were in heaven. This was a time in which cities lacked sewage systems and feces, urine, and garbage were dumped onto the streets or into the castle moat. Not surprisingly, outbreaks of water-borne diseases were a frequent […]
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt and Michelle Swanson. Vincent, Michael, and Michele discuss how soil-dwelling bacteria induce the formation of root nodules on legumes via a protein called CYCLOPS. Right click to download TWiM #73 (57.5 MB .mp3, 80 minutes). Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunes, Zune Marketplace, via RSS feed, by email or listen on your mobile device with...
by Elio Figure 1. Source. In 1956 I joined Ole Maaløe’s laboratory in Copenhagen for a two year postdoc. We worked on the connection between the rate of growth of Salmonella and its macromolecular composition, arriving at the conclusion that there was indeed a simple linear correlation between the cells’ nucleic acid and protein content and how fast they were...
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