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Future Medicine From Squid
This news article reports an exciting discovery about a toxic molecule found in both humans and in the Hawaiian bobtail squid that may hold the medical key for critical organ development and the immune system. Margaret...
Biofilms: Online Manual
The following is a collection of exercises which can be conducted to illustrate the formation and properties of microbial biofilms. Some of these are contributed by colleagues, some are adapted with attribution from...
Planetary Exploration in the Time of Astrobiology: Protecting Against Biological Contamination
This article discusses the history and future of planetary-protection restrictions. It begins by addressing the difficulty of discovering (possibly rare) life elsewhere, and then describes the potential difficulties of...
Life in Extreme Environments: The Universe May Be More Habitable Than We Thought, Part 2
This article explores microbial life in extreme environments associated with salinity, acidity, alkalinity, high temperature, low temperature, radiation, gravity, and pressure. It also introduces the role of...
Hardy Microbe Thrives at pH 0
This article reports that a team of geomicrobiologists has detected a new microbe, called Ferroplasma acidarmanus, surviving in some of the most acidic waters on Earth - a seemingly impossible pH near 0. That makes this...
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