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Engineering bacteria to save honey bees

Humans have kept honey bees for millennia, and scientists love to study them because of their unique societies (80,000 bees can live and work together in a single hive!) and communication (they exchange information by "dancing"). Honey bees also help produce much of the food... click to read more

  • Sean Leonard | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, US
  • Nancy Moran | Professor at Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, US
Views 1294
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 11, 2021
Diagnosing cancer by microbial signatures

When was the last time your oncologist talked to a microbiologist? For most, this question seems unusual, as if cancer care had little to do with the communities of microorganisms (microbes) that live together with us, called microbiota. Indeed, the last three decades of cancer... click to read more

  • Gregory D. Poore | PhD Student at Department of Bioengineering, University of California San Diego, CA, USA
  • Rob Knight | Professor at Department of Bioengineering, University of California San Diego, CA, USA
Views 1226
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 3, 2021
Long-dead dinosaurs support new life

Modern scientific equipment has revolutionized the study of hidden life. Advances in genetic sequencing allow us to discover mysterious worlds of diverse microbes in Earth's harshest environments or within our bodies. Life also hides from us through time. Studying long-extinct creatures can be challenging. We must... click to read more

  • Evan T. Saitta | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Integrative Research Center, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, USA
Views 3963
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 20, 2019
Insect microbiomes – a new hope against antimicrobial resistance?

Nowadays, more and more antibiotics (also referred to as antimicrobial drugs) are becoming ineffective to fight against bad bacteria and fungi because these organisms are capable of rapidly developing resistance to those compounds. These resistances arise due to the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. In... click to read more

  • Fabio Palmieri | PhD student at University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Views 2136
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 2, 2019