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Analysing microbial contamination

Synbiosis introduces new aCOLade manual colony counter with automatic result recording



Microbial answer to plastic pollution?

Fragments of plastic in the ocean are not just unsightly but potentially lethal to marine life. Coastal microbes may offer a smart solution to clean up plastic contamination, according to researchers.



Biotechnology: Microbial gene language

A set of recently published articles describe how a universal language to describe genes is bringing benefits to the study of the microbial.



Genetics: Exploring microbial genomics standards

If researchers would embrace the world of possibilities that lie beyond the present anthropocentric focus and would also institute shared standards for genomic data collection and analysis.



RNA surprise with microbial ocean catch

An ingenious new method of obtaining marine microbe samples while preserving the microbes' natural gene expression has yielded an unexpected boon: the presence of many varieties of small RNAs.



New microbial DNA production reaction

A team of researchers has discovered a new chemical reaction for producing one of the four nucleotides, or building blocks, needed to build DNA.



Botulism breakthrough as microbial risk assessments get real

The mission of predictive microbiologists is to help regulators and industry ensure that foodborne disease remains rare, particularly when so many new foods and processes are being developed.



Microbial contaminants: are they dead or deadly?

Throughout the world, outbreaks of foodborne illnesses cause severe disability and claim lives. The culprit: pathogenic microorganisms. One of the most dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes bacterium, is at the root of listeriosis, a severe infection that can sometimes turn deadly.Pathogens have been an especially serious problem for the dairy industry, since contaminated cheese and milk have been the cause of many of the listeriosis outbreaks over the years.



Microbial resistance drives search for new products

The rise and rise of microbial resistance to currently available antibiotics is driving the development of new generation anti-infective products. John Carter reports.



Enhanced microbial identification

To complement the existing databases of the MicroStation system, Oxoid has introduced two new MicroLog database products to the UK.



Microbial evolution

A mathematical approach for analysing a protein simultaneously in a set of ecologically distinct species to identify occurrences of natural selection has been developed.



Microbial profiles of ecosystems

A new study provides the first inventories of microbial capabilities in nine very different types of ecosystems, ranging from coral reefs to deep mines.



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