News tagged with microorganisms

Oxygen 'sensor' may shut down DNA transcription

(Phys.org) -- A key component found in an ancient anaerobic microorganism may serve as a sensor to detect potentially fatal oxygen, a University of Arkansas researcher and his colleagues have found. This helps ...

dateJun 19, 2012 in Biochemistry
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Plant perfumes woo beneficial bugs

Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have discovered that maize crops emit chemical signals which attract growth-promoting microbes to live amongst their roots. This is the ...

dateApr 24, 2012 in Biotechnology
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Quality-control mechanism found in bacteria

(Phys.org) -- Like quality-control managers in factories, bacteria possess built-in machinery that track the shape and quality of proteins trying to pass through their cytoplasmic membranes, Cornell biomolecular engineers ...

dateAug 03, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Scientists 'hijack' bacterial immune system

The knowledge that bacteria possess adaptable immune systems that protect them from individual viruses and other foreign invaders is relatively new to science, and researchers across the globe are working to learn how these ...

dateJan 05, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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