Scientists Awaken Deep Sea Bacteria After 100 Million Years

The microbes had survived on trace amounts of oxygen, and were able to feed and multiply once revived in the lab. These bacteria, glowing green in this microscopy image, were revived from deep sea sediment more than 100 million years old. by Amanda Heidt Microbes extracted from deep sea sediments that settled during the ageContinue reading “Scientists Awaken Deep Sea Bacteria After 100 Million Years”

Auto-brewery syndrome

Microbes can produce so much alcohol that people become drunk—and sustain liver damage—without touching any booze. by Ed Yong The man’s troubles began in 2004, when, having moved from China to attend college in Australia, he got really drunk. That would hardly have been a noteworthy event, except that the man hadn’t consumed any alcohol—onlyContinue reading “Auto-brewery syndrome”

Keeping gut bacteria in balance could help delay age-related diseases

Why do some people remain healthy into their 80s and beyond, while others age faster and suffer serious diseases decades earlier? New research led by UCLA life scientists may produce a new way to answer that question—and an approach that could help delay declines in health. Specifically, the study suggests that analyzing intestinal bacteria couldContinue reading “Keeping gut bacteria in balance could help delay age-related diseases”

Among New York Subway’s Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes

Have you ever been on the subway and seen something that you did not quite recognize, something mysteriously unidentifiable? Well, there is a good chance scientists do not know what it is either. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College released a study on Thursday that mapped DNA found in New York’s subway system — aContinue reading “Among New York Subway’s Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes”