Author: Dr David Kirk

Bacteria and fungi microbes found in household dust

Dusting for Microbial Fingerprints

Each home contains over 7,000 species of microbe which can be used to identify the region and nature of the home’s occupants, a study from University of Colorado Boulder and North Carolina State University...

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Synthetic biology, metabolic engineering of Clostridia to produce isobutanol

Bacterial Biofuel Production Gets a Boost

Researchers at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, have engineered a bacterium that converts waste plant matter into the biofuel, isobutanol, 10-times more efficiently than before. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at...

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lmage showing a diagram of a cyanobacterium (left) and an image from the LCLS X-ray (right). Photo credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Pioneering X-Ray of Living Bacteria

A new technique to X-ray bacteria has been developed by researchers at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. With their Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray Laser, they have captured the...

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Not to be confused with American rock band W.A.S.P.

Tiny tropical wasps attack unfamiliar faces

A small South-East Asian wasp species is the first shown to identify family and intruders by facial recognition, a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B has revealed. The wasp, called Liostenogaster...

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