The microbes in your mouth, and a reminder to floss and go to the dentist

Brushing teeth (stock image).Credit: © Alliance / Adobe Stock Most people know that good oral hygiene — brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits — is linked to good health. Colorado State University microbiome researchers offer fresh evidence to support that conventional wisdom, by taking a close look at invisible communities of microbes that live in every […]

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Teams of microbes are at work in our bodies. Here’s how to figure out what they’re doing

DNA and genetic code concept illustration (stock image).Credit: © Leigh Prather / Adobe Stock In the last decade, scientists have made tremendous progress in understanding that groups of bacteria and viruses that naturally coexist throughout the human body play an important role in some vital functions like digestion, metabolism and even fighting off diseases. But understanding […]

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How ancient microbes created massive ore deposits, set stage for early life

Lake Kivu (stock image).Credit: © Cmon / Adobe Stock New research in Science Advances is uncovering the vital role that Precambrian-eon microbes may have played in two of the early Earth’s biggest mysteries.advertisement University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers, and collaborators from the universities of Alberta, Tübingen, Autònoma de Barcelona and the Georgia Institute of Technology, found that […]

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Microbes harvest electrons: Novel process discovered

Bacteria illustration (stock image).Credit: © Kateryna_Kon / Adobe Stock Ever since scientists discovered that certain microbes can get their energy from electrical charges, researchers have wondered how they do it.advertisement Bacteria don’t have mouths, so they need another way to bring their fuel into their bodies. New research from Washington University in St. Louis reveals how […]

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