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Probing Microbial Dark Matter and Discovering a Novel Antibiotic

Last week Kim Lewis’s lab at Northeastern University published a paper in Nature describing a novel antibiotic they call teixobactin, marking the first discovery of a natural antibiotic in decades1. 889 more words

January 13, 2015 - Giant E. coli

I’ve always loved the “Giant Microbes” toy series, and our lab decided to get some…as our mascots? Makes sense as we are a bio lab, after all, and here is one of a giant E. 6 more words

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Mice Fat Is Fighting Off Infection

Beyond physical barriers such as skin, our main protection against marauding bacteria and viruses is the immune system. This is a complex network of cells with sophisticated weapons such as antibodies, which recognise and destroy foreign cells and proteins.

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H. pylori everyone!

Good news everyone! Stomach ulcer never looked so cute, I tell ya!
As you can tell, I’m on a bit of a roll here with bacteria :D and rightly so, they’re my favourite living organisms, beside dogs of course :P… 118 more words


E. coli anyone?

So I went and crocheted me some E. coli!! I must obviously thank Giant Microbes for the inspiration, the pattern is my own.

Life is OK, my mum has gone back to Italy today, so we’ve got lots of room on the couch for broken limbs and comatose dogs….   16 more words


The Smell of Life - a poem by Kate Rauner

Methane can be made by life
Or hydrothermal systems,
By microbes in the regolith
Or from the rocks, if not them.
Methane doesn’t last for long… 143 more words

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