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On the Curious Motions of Syphilis and Lyme Disease Bacteria

On the Curious Motions of Syphilis and Lyme Disease Bacteria

The bacteria that cause syphilis and Lyme Disease have something extraordinary in common: they manage to propel themselves through their environment in spite of the fact their tails are located inside their bodies.

December 28, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Are probiotics helping you?

Consuming probiotics - also know as "good" bacteria – via supplements or yogurt has been popularized as a way to maintain gut health.

April 29, 2014 — Julianne Wyrick

Can Microbes Clean Up Our Oily Mess? [Video]

With an estimated 70 oil spills every day in the U.S. and tons of plastic garbage littering our oceans, humans could really use some help cleaning up.

December 11, 2013 — Joss Fong
A Closer Look at a Tiny, Floating Horde

A Closer Look at a Tiny, Floating Horde

It’s a strange but true fact that the young of many familiar sea creatures look nothing like them. Drifting on currents to distribute their kind, they are an unsung part of the plankton, itself an unsung part of the sea.

February 2, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer

Artificial Sweeteners May Have Despicable Impacts on Gut Microbes

I find it ironic that Thanksgiving coincides with American Diabetes Month. In honor of that irony, two recently published studies have suggested a possible link between what you eat, how it impacts the behavior of the microbes living in your gut, and type II diabetes.

November 26, 2014 — Sheena Faherty
How Your Morning Commute Resembles a Fungus

How Your Morning Commute Resembles a Fungus

In many fungi, the DNA storage compartments called nuclei are not prisoners of the cells they reside in, the way they are in animals and plants.

November 20, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer
Solving a Winemaker’s Dilemma With Wild Yeast

Solving a Winemaker’s Dilemma With Wild Yeast

Have you noticed that wine seems to be packing more punch? Well, it’s not your imagination. Over the past 20 years, wine really has been getting stronger for some reasons that may surprise you.

February 28, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer