Even cities have their own unique microbiomes

A study of microorganisms collected from public transportation systems shows even cities have microbial signatures

Your saliva affects the way you spread pathogens

Our saliva can vary depending on our physiological state, making us more or less likely to pass on bugs to others

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Changing your microbiome could be as easy as taking a walk in the park

Bacteria from soil, plants, and air transfer to your body when you go outside, potentially bringing health benefits

Marine archaea make oxygen in the dark using nitrite

Meet Nitrosopumilus maritimus, which is capable of a never-before-seen oxygen synthesis method

Deep sub-surface "microbial dark matter" hasn't evolved since Pangea

The ancient microbes have survived brutal conditions for millions of years and hit pause on evolution

Pets harbor different microbes from their wild relatives

Swapping the diets of wild and domesticated animals could only explain some of the microbial differences

Sugar may trigger inflammatory bowel disease by breaking down gut mucus

Mice fed sugar-heavy diets have worse colitis and more mucous-degrading gut bacteria

Instead of a colonoscopy, a new screen tests poop for colorectal cancer-related bacteria

Testing for the bacterium Parvimonas micra in stool may present an alternative to a colonoscopy

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These slimy underwater mats can help store carbon, but only if they can survive

Tamiko Thiel and Luisa I. Falcón are creating interactive art to help save the stromatolites

A 540 million year-old microscopic protist sex mystery is solved

How tiny, shelled protists reproduce helps explain their strange evolutionary patterns

Mapping extreme microbes in the Amazon’s Boiling River

Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, biochemist Rosa Vásquez Espinoza investigates the medicinal properties of microbes flowing in a sacred boiling river

Cyanobacteria detach their antennae to stop growing when space is limited

This new finding may make it easier for researchers to study these organisms, which have many practical applications, in the lab

Extreme microbes survive the desert by dissolving rocks with acid

"...the thought about the desert dehydrating the rocks was not correct. It was actually the microbes dehydrating the rock"