microbiology

The Most Unknown

Tiny Organisms in Earth’s Most Unlivable Places May Help Us Find Alien Life

Luke McKay, an astrobiologist and microbial ecologist, is probing the extreme limits of life on Earth to answer bigger questions about the universe.
Sarah Emerson
9.14.18
nanotechnology

New Nanofibers Detect Motion of Individual Bacteria, Muscle cells

Engineers have built a nanoscale stethoscope, basically.
Michael Byrne
5.15.17
humans of the year

Aubrie O’Rourke Trained Dolphins, Researched HIV, and Is Helping NASA Get to Mars

And she's just getting started.
Samantha Cole
4.30.17
DNA

Scientists Just Isolated the First Full Zika DNA Sequence in Semen

This could bring us one step closer to figuring out exactly how to stop Zika.
Meredith Rutland Bauer
10.13.16
Toronto

Cities Have Unique Microbial Signatures, New Study Says

Scientists looked at San Diego, Flagstaff, and Toronto.
Louise Matsakis
4.19.16
Drugs

Leading Antibiotic Doomsayer Mellows on Infection Armageddon

A new realm of narrow-spectrum antibiotics offers new hope, Richard James explains.
Michael Byrne
11.22.15
News

Microbes from Human Skin Have Colonized the ISS

That’s one small step for a microbe, one giant leap for microbe-kind.
Becky Ferreira
10.27.15
Reviews

I Drank Synthetic 'Cat Poop' Coffee, and It Wasn't Shit

Actually, it was pretty deec.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.7.15
startups

Software Is Designing Useful Microbes That Don't Exist in Nature

A startup called 20n has already made a Tylenol clone with its genetically-engineered microbes.
Kari Paul
3.26.15
Sex Ed Week

How to Make Breakfast With Your Vagina

But just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
Janet Jay
2.9.15
history

​The Origins of Life Could Be Buried on the Moon​

The earliest life on Earth may be buried under lava flows on the Moon.
Maddie Stone
1.28.15
ALIENS

Earth's Deep Oil Reserves Are Teeming With Ancient Life

Earth's 'deep biosphere' is home to as many single-celled organisms as its surface. They may hold the key to explaining how life began—and even to how it might travel through space.
Maddie Stone
12.16.14