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 | The journal Nature published a study of the most 100 most cited scientific papers that provides food for thought to the working stiffs (I used to be one). First of all, I find it quite natural for any researcher to keep an eye on how often his or her work is cited.
by Christoph | Having studied the famous Luria-Delbrück experiment from 1943, you know, as a geneticist, how to "make" an E. coli strain resistant to the streptomycin: grow cells to late-log phase in a flask, withdraw 1 ml of the culture, spread 0.1 ml aliquots on several agar plates containing 20 µg/ml of the antibiotic, and incubate the plates overnight...
by Christoph Weigel | In #2 of our 'Pictures Considered' series Elio had considered the iconic autoradiograph by John Cairns showing an intact circular Escherichia coli chromosome. We had a brief discussion in the comments to that post whether Cairns' autoradiograph proves...
by Kalia Bistolas | What do your laundry detergent and hydrocarbon-degrading marine bacteria have in common? Not much, besides surfactants. These substances lower the surface tension between substrates, targeting hydrophobic molecules like the stain on your favorite shirt or crude petroleum slicks in the Gulf of Mexico. In doing so, they serve as detergents, emulsifiers, and dispersants. Hydrocarbon-Degrading Marine Bacteria (HDMB) synthesize biosurfactants that...
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