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Microbiology

Ancient Poop May Provide Solution To Island Mystery

natureheader | Sara Reardon | Posted 05.14.2014 | Science

The answer to a Caribbean mystery could lie in fossilized feces. An analysis of the microbial and plant DNA contained in a set of these fossils, or co...

Ask Healthy Living: Do Airplanes Make Us Sick?

Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living

Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Hav...

Jacqueline Howard

WATCH: Here's Why You're Not Who You Think You Are

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.18.2014 | Science

Did you know that you're not just one living thing? No, you're actually an entire ecosystem of teeny tiny, creepy crawly, living microbes. They're all...

LOOK: Under The Microscope, Deadly Viruses Look Absolutely Stunning

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Infectious diseases like AIDS and hepatitis are never pretty. But the pathogens that cause many potentially deadly infections turn out to be absolutel...

Tiny 'Forks' May Bring Huge Advance In Hospital Care

| Tim Wogan | Posted 07.01.2013 | Science

A patient admitted to a hospital with a serious bacterial infection may have only a few hours to live. Figuring out which antibiotic to administer, ...

Ancient Life Form 'Breathes' Rocket Fuel Ingredient, Study Shows

Posted 04.05.2013 | Science

By: Jesse Emspak, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/04/2013 02:11 PM EDT on LiveScience An ancient form of life can use an ingredient in rocke...

Tiny Caffeine Fiends Could Have Big Application

The Huffington Post | Melissa Cronin | Posted 03.29.2013 | Science

It looks like humans aren't the only ones who need a daily caffeine fix. A team of microbiologists at the University of Texas, Austin, has genetic...

'OMG Microscope' Captures Cells In Stunning Color

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.28.2013 | Science

Around 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year--but how many of us have actually seen a cancer cell up close? New technology develo...

Weird Iron-Breathing Bacteria Spotlighted In New Study

| Posted 03.26.2013 | Science

By Sid Perkins Using stripped-down versions of living cells, researchers have confirmed which proteins allow certain bacteria to breathe iron and ...

Microbes Likely Roam Deep Within Ocean's Crust

Posted 03.15.2013 | Science

By: Becky Oskin, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer Published: 03/14/2013 02:02 PM EDT on LiveScience An entire ecosystem living without light or oxyge...

World's Oldest Fossils Discovered In Region Known For Ancient Rocks

Posted 01.04.2013 | Science

Three-and-a-half billion years is a long time — after all, humans have only been around for about 2.3 million years. But scientists working in Weste...

Cara Santa Maria

People Still Get Leprosy?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.23.2012 | Science

I've got to be honest: when I think of leprosy, I think of Jesus. Often regarded as a vestige from a bygone era, I was surprised to learn (from a read...

The Extra Pounds You Can't Afford to Lose: An Interview With Microbiologist Margaret McFall-Ngai

Brandon Brown | Posted 09.05.2012 | Science
Brandon Brown

Recent revelations about our microscopic partners and tenants are numerically startling, if not downright existential. Try these for starters: Most of the cells within your body are not human cells, and you are literally teeming with pounds of busy microbes.

Weird Creatures Found In Ocean Muck Still 'Breathing' After 86 Million Years

| Erin Loury | Posted 07.18.2012 | Science

At first glance, there doesn't appear to be much happening in the mud buried 30 meters below the Pacific Ocean sea floor. But this ancient muck, whic...

WATCH: Up Close, Microbes Look Menacing, Marvelous

Posted 04.11.2012 | Science

Would you get up close to a 200 million-year-old creature with squirming tentacles and ferocious, snapping pincers? Austrian filmmaker and multimedia ...

Bacterial Ice-9?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 04.22.2012 | Science
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

The idea of Ice-9, although fictional, has always fascinated me. Its properties are so powerful, so influential, that one "seed crystal" can direct its entire surroundings, freezing oceans.

Stem Cells Counter Some Forms Of Blindness, Study Shows

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 03.24.2012 | Science

LOS ANGELES — Two legally blind women appeared to gain some vision after receiving an experimental treatment using embryonic stem cells, scienti...

Tech Transfers: Turn-Offs or Start-Ups?

Angela Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Angela Haines

This December marks the 30th anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act which in effect gave birth to the idea of tech transfer.

Drug Resistant Superbugs Found In 3 States

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

BOSTON — An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene ...

Argentinian Lake May Offer Clues To Life On Mars

Reuters | Kylie Stott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A lake in Argentina's remote, inhospitable northwest may offer clues on how life got started on Earth and how it could survive on other planets, scien...

How Extremophiles Might Help Us Save the World

Levi Novey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Levi Novey

Living and thriving in the most inhospitable conditions on Earth, tiny bacteria-like microbes known as extremophiles might soon have an over-sized effect on our human world.