Many bacterial species have been found to exist in a viable but non-culturable state. Jeanne Moldenhauer discusses this phenomenon and makes suggestions as to why we don’t often see an increase in viable cells when using viability-based methods.
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In recent years there has been significant interest in the sequencing of the human microbiome and what can be learned from this project. One particular area of interest is those normally occurring microorganisms in the human gut.
The simplest form of life is composed of single-celled microorganisms which are thought to have appeared around 3.5x109 years ago.1 Interestingly, evidence has shown that chloroplasts and mitochondria were once free-living microorganisms that became incorporated into eukaryotic cells and eventually became energy-producing organelles.1 Biodiversity enables microorganisms to survive in extreme…
Over the last decade, research has revealed more about the human gut microbiome—the environment within the gastrointestinal tract—where microbes, especially bacteria, reside.
A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA according to scientists.
The beauty of the diversity of organic life stems from the ability of certain organisms to thrive in hostile and extreme climatic and environmental conditions where most normal life systems cannot survive1 . These extraordinary, microscopic forms have the power to persist more strongly than large macroscopic creatures2 . Most…
12 January 2016 | By Victoria White
Nestlé Health Science has signed an exclusive agreement outside the US and Canada for Seres Therapeutics’ Ecobiotics in clostridium difficile infections and inflammatory bowel disease...