A young scientist at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has received a prestigious grant to determine how best to grow gut microbes to fight disease and improve human health. That work could lead to a new industry of microbe ‘microbreweries’, he and his colleagues believe.
Scientists have for the first time surveyed the unique community of microorganisms — the microbiome — living inside the blowhole of a humpback whale. They did so with the help of a six-rotor hexacopter.
When snorkelers discovered what appeared to be ancient stonework off the coast of the Greek island of Zakynthos in 2013, archeologists sent to the site thought the odd rocks might be the ruins of an ancient city.
Scientists have wondered for years how legumes such as soybeans, whose roots host nitrogen-fixing bacteria that produce essential plant nutrients out of thin air, are able to recognize these bacteria as both friendly and distinct from their own cells, and how the host plant's specialized proteins find the bacteria and use the nutritional windfall.