You could say there are a ‘crapload’ of viruses in the human gut. Luckily, most of these do not attack our cells, but instead feed on bacteria.
Researchers are working on handheld devices that can signal the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the air.
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Miniaturized laboratory equipment is making it easier to identify airborne pathogens in the field, but there’s still work ahead to be able to instantly determine if a room is safe or contaminated.
Decoding all the DNA in a patient’s biological sample can reveal whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease.
Superfast DNA analysis is now being used to crack medical mysteries when physicians can’t figure out whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease.
Massive online DNA databases can be used as a resource to discover viruses – even if the data had not been explicitly collected for that purpose.
Microbes can survive in the frozen coastal desert soils of Antarctica’s Miers Valley.
Microbes have the ability to survive in extremely hot and cold conditions. This makes them invaluable tools for research: they can teach us how life has evolved and how we survive.
New forms of life are discovered in high-tech ways that leave yesterday’s natural history collections in the dust.
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Forget the pith helmet and butterfly net. Discovering biodiversity now is much more about metagenomics and the 0’s and 1’s of digital databases.
Barbara, 14-year-old sister of Terézia Hausmann, who was found in the same crypt.
In 1994, a crypt containing 242 bodies was discovered in Vác, Hungary. Many of the bodies were naturally mummified, including the remains of a woman, Terézia Hausmann, who died apparently from tuberculosis…