Topic: Microbiology

Bacteria Show Capacity for Rapid, Beneficial Mutations

Aug. 2, 2016
Flasks of bacteria sampled over thousands of generations of evolutionary time

Researchers discovered that bacteria can evolve much more efficiently than once thought, which might help develop better ways to treat nasty infections.

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Scientists Unveil Most Comprehensive Genomic Tree of Life

April 11, 2016
Genomic Tree of Life 2016

New research shows life, especially bacterial life, is much more diverse than previously thought.

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Bacteria Take "RNA Mug Shots" of Threatening Viruses

Feb. 25, 2016
Marinomonas mediterranea

Bacteria have a system that can recognize and disrupt dangerous viruses using a newly identified mechanism involving ribonucleic acid (RNA).

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Sociable Chimps Harbor Richer Gut Microbiomes

Jan. 15, 2016
Chimpanzees interact in Gombe National Park, Tanzania

Spending time in close contact with others often means risking catching germs and getting sick. But being sociable may also help transmit beneficial microbes, finds a new study.

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Anthropologists Find Clues in Ancient DNA

May 28, 2015
Rick Smith, UT Austin anthropology researcher

A new study by UT Austin anthropologists shows for the first time that epigenetic marks on DNA can be detected in a large number of ancient human remains, which may lead to further understanding about the effects of famine and disease in the ancient world.

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