Three years ago, scientists discovered electric currents running through the seabed but they had no idea what was causing it. But now, researchers from Denmark and the United States believe they have the answer: bacteria that function as living electric cables. In a remarkable case of biological engineering, scientists have confirmed that each tiny section of the bacteria contains a bundle of insulated wires that leads an electric current from one end to the other.
This is why bacteria are the coolest things ever.
And here’s what the CSM has to say about it!
If you enjoyed this, check out some more of Jennifer’s science writing on SA!
For the past 15 years, , MD, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist at Stanford, has been deepening his relationship with one of biology’s wallflowers: a molecule he has nicknamed poly P. While most other biochemists ignore the omnipresent molecule (it shows up in every living cell on Earth) Kornberg, 89, can’t pull himself away. He’s convinced poly P is one of life’s great behind-the-scenes power players.
So, I think the boss reeeeallly wants me to do my PhD here. He keeps sending me all of these insane scholarships to apply for. He also wants to send me to work in a lab in India for 6 months (sweet moustache!) and is trying to find travel grants for me to apply to. Does this mean that I am one of the cool kids now?
Well, just sent my protein samples to UVic for analysis. A year’s worth of work and $100,000 of funding are resting on this. Please, please let the plane not crash.
Guess who has two thumbs and might have just found a new clavulanic acid-producing species? This kid right here! Science for the win!
Note: results are all very preliminary, much more work needs to be done, and then a paper shall be written and published. Can’t give away too much info until that happens. :)
A paper just referred to a conjugation strain as “promiscuous”. I lost it.
Slutty E. coli.
Guess who won (two-way tie) the research portion of the conference I presented at this weekend? That’s right, this kid! The title of my presentation was “Towards a better understanding of antibiotic biosynthesis: A proteomics study of Streptomyces clavuligerus”. It was a super-simplified overview of my research on clavulanic acid biosynthesis geared towards a general audience with no molecular background. I’m pretty excited to win this, not just because I get $500 to apply towards travel to future conferences, but because communicating scientific research to the general public is something I really want to excel at. I might not be as good as Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson, but I’m getting there!