Skip to main content
Lab Rat

Lab Rat

Exploring the life and times of bacteria

Fighting Cholera With Mass Vaccination

Fighting Cholera With Mass Vaccination

When studying bacteria it is quite easy to get fascinated with them as a laboratory specimen while forgetting the huge impact they can have in real life societies.

March 30, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Innate immunity: the first line of defence

Innate immunity: the first line of defence

The very first line of defence against any invasion of the human body is a set of physical barriers between the inside of the body and the outer world.

March 16, 2014 — S.E. Gould
69th Carnival of Evolution: Darwin’s Day Edition

69th Carnival of Evolution: Darwin’s Day Edition

Welcome to the 69th edition of the Carnival of Evolution! As February 12th was Darwin’s birthday, this is a Darwin’s Day carnival edition. To start with there’s a celebration of all things Darwinian at Synthetic Daisies, and a letter to the man himself for his 205th birthday.

March 1, 2014 — S.E. Gould
From the archives: life at 90C

From the archives: life at 90C

I’m on holiday this week so this is an old post that appeared on my previous blog “Life of a Lab Rat” on July 1st 2010. Prokaryotes are by far the most successful superkingdom in terms of both biochemical diversity and the variety of environments conquered.

February 23, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Bacteria in space!

Bacteria in space!

Where humans travel, bacteria will follow. If people are in space for any amount of time, bacteria are sure to thrive there so it’s good to know that there are already researchers looking at how the environment within spaceships affects bacterial populations.

February 16, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Categorising bacteria in purple and pink

Categorising bacteria in purple and pink

When confronted with a new bacteria there are a series of simple tests that can be carried out to give a rough idea of the properties of the bacteria you are dealing with.

February 9, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Dawn attack: how plants anticipate pathogen infection

Dawn attack: how plants anticipate pathogen infection

Like animals, plants are susceptible to infections from bacteria, viruses and fungi. While animals have a wide variety of immune cells and in some cases an interconnected immune system plants must rely on other methods to fight infection.

February 2, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Speeding up reactions: biological vs. chemical catalysts

Speeding up reactions: biological vs. chemical catalysts

Most chemical reactions go pretty slowly at room temperature. This is good news most of the time, otherwise random parts of the environment would be exploding at regular intervals, but bad news for industrial processes which need reactions to occur.

January 12, 2014 — S.E. Gould

Blog Index

Start Your Summer Reading