Memory is generally used to describe behavior in organisms with a nervous system. However, a slime mold is capable of encoding the location of (past) food sources in its tube-like body!
From one tissue environment to the next, pathogens are challenged and react in different ways. Researchers have found two novel mechanisms by which the microbiota and immune system interact to protect against antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
Current technological advances in the fields of genetics and biology offer exciting opportunities for future research. But can these technologies be applied to study ancient microorganisms?
Scientists at a dairy production company discovered that bacteria use CRISPR to defend against viruses.
In the environment, microbes don’t live alone but rather in a community. But do microbes necessarily cooperate within these communities in order to survive?
All nitrogen in living things is fixed by microorganisms. One enzyme is better at this than the others, so why do others exist at all?
To great surprise, many bacteria possess organelles that function as microscopic bioreactors, helping them thrive in niche environments.
We’re not so different after all. Researchers have discovered that a human antiviral defense strategy likely originated in earth’s most ancient microbes.
Have you ever wondered what makes frozen food last so long in the freezer? The answer to this question lies 9,000 miles away in Antarctica.
Fermented foods are more than a flavorful companion to our dishes- they provide protection in a myriad of ways.