Dr. Craig Venter
, known for his role as a pioneer in the human genome project, has taken a major step towards creating life from scratch: transplanting the entire genome from one bacterium cell to another
. Commence the ethics wars.
Rumors were circulating at the hospital that insurgents dosed their homemade bombs with the flesh of dead animals.
---multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter, and how we brought it to Iraq ourselves. "My colleagues and I have been looking for Acinetobacter baumannii in soil samples for years, and we haven't found it," she says. "These organisms are quite rare outside of hospitals."
In other news, conditions in Iraqi hospitals are so bad
due to lack of even the most basic supplies they're calling it a breach of the Geneva Conventions.
83 percent of fresh, whole broiler chickens in the U.S. contain campylobacter or salmonella, the leading bacterial causes of foodborne disease.
This is a disturbing increase from the 49 percent
that tested positive in 2003. What’s more, most of the bacteria showed resistance to one or more antibiotics, and more expensive premium brands were actually more likely to contain salmonella. Is the problem factory farming?
Rampant antibiotic use?
Or are chickens just really gross?
The Art of Edgar Lissel
" Lissel works with bacteria
, using their photo-tactical characteristics for his images."
Altered Oceans: A Primeval Tide of Toxins The fireweed began each spring as tufts of hairy growth and spread across the seafloor fast enough to cover a football field in an hour. When fishermen touched it, their skin broke out in searing welts. Their lips blistered and peeled. Their eyes burned and swelled shut. Water that splashed from their nets spread the inflammation to their legs and torsos.
These images remind us never to underestimate our opponent.
-- The science behind the art
(.pdf). Fractal art by way of bacteria growin' in a petri dish. A few more images here
We See Things Differently
- a 1989 story from the perspective of an Arab visitor to a future, run-down America. By Bruce Sterling
, science fiction writer and one of the founders of cyberpunk
. Besides his science fiction, Sterling is also known for his 1992 book The Hacker Crackdown
, available free on-line, and the Viridian Design Project
. He's also an entertaining science writer; here's a column he wrote on bacterial resistance
Giant Microbe Plush Toys.
We make stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes—only a million times actual size!
Ahhh bacteria, our little friends, what can't they do?
Fight Off AIDS Virus in Women? Check
. light up our world? Check
. Wipe out all the little fishies in the sea? Check
. Eat our flesh? Check
. Change out CDs? Check
Heck, they may even work together
better than us so it's important you Know your good and bad bugs
, or just Learn more
. The cute little buggers even have their own Museum
The Bacteria Whisperer
“Bonnie Bassler discovered a secret about microbes that the science world has missed for centuries. The bugs are talking to each other. And plotting against us.”
Resistant-bacteria reports cause alarm
Another good reason to avoid Fenway Park and the Redsox
First vancomycin-resistant bacteria found in Detroit.
This is worrisome, as vancomycin is usually the last
antibiotic of choice when fighting a bacterial infection. Bacteria
are both helpful and hurtful to the human body, but the little bugs seem to evolve much more quickly than humans
own immune systems. Have we seen an end to antibiotics used in the fight
against bacteria? What alternatives
do we have?
Starving Bacteria of Iron Helps Wipe Out Body Odor.
Scientists find that blocking bacteria's supply of iron works better at suppressing B.O. than the traditional deodorant method off killing off the bacteria with ethanol.
"expert odor assessors who sniffed the participants' armpits found that the experimental combination worked better than ethanol at reducing odor, with longer-lasting effects."
Just when you think *your* job stinks. Now, when will they come up with a way to suppress the Indian cooking odor in my apartment building?
Hitch a ride on a meteorite.
New evidence that bacteria could survive a trip between planets.
Interesting hypothesis that Europa's seas are swimming with bacteria.
Preliminary results show that all three species, the ordinary gut bacteria Escherichia coli
, and extremophiles Deinococcus radiodurans
and Sulfolobus shibatae
, are just as good at explaining Europa's IR spectrum as the [magnesium sulphate] salts.
Anthrax Appears To Be Home Grown.
Something more than sensationalist anchor people reading off tele-prompters. A low key approach to questions I think a lot of people have
Germs from Jupiter? Viruses from Venus?
Nope, just live
space-borne bacteria discovered floating around Earth. "Although the bugs from space are similar to bacteria on Earth, the scientists said the living cells found in samples of air from the edge of the planet's atmosphere are too far away to have come from Earth." (via waldo.net)
Scientists discover possible microbe from space.
Scientists has recovered microorganisms in the upper reaches of the atmosphere that may have originated from outer space. The living bacteria, are unlike any known on Earth, but the astrobiologists want to keep the details under wraps until they are absolutely convinced that these are extraterrestrial. Do not adjust your set...
Oldest liveing organism
found in salt cave in New Mexico. 250 million and counting. What gets me is this quote: ``If something can survive 250 million years, what's the difference .. another 250 or longer,'' wonder if digital data can be stored in bacterium.