Do you want to learn more about the two main characters of our investigation? Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli, two different microbes with different features that we summarized in our new poster infographics. Discover more about these fascinating microorganisms at a glance! This month is time for Bacillus!
For centuries we have attempted to answer some of the most fundamental questions of biology and tried to understand how life works at the most basic level. It wasn’t that long ago that we first discovered the molecular actors of life -nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates- and it wasn’t until 1958 that we understood [...]
We may not notice it in our everyday lives, but bacteria and other microorganisms are responsible for recycling a lot of our trash. They turn our organic waste into compost, take part in the decomposition of dead plants in the forest, and some of them can even help us with nuclear waste! This is possible [...]
Gonorrhoea, tuberculosis, salmonellosis… Not so long ago, illnesses like these were fatal. Antibiotics allowed us to treat them, but the overuse we have been doing of these drugs has a downside: bacteria have become so used to the antibiotics that they have developed defence mechanisms against them. As a result, some of these diseases have [...]
The path from academia to industry is riddled with obstacles: business plans, funding schemes, market studies... Spin-off companies tread this trail, and hopefully develop a commercial product that exploits the discoveries made by academics. But good science does not necessarily mean fruitful business. And to illustrate this transition we talked with Dr. Veronika Stepankova, CEO [...]
When hearing the name E. coli most people get scared, as food poisoning, stomach pain or even death are some of the things that come to their mind. What many don’t’ know is that E. coli does not only refer to the famous pathogen but to many other strains of the same species that are [...]
If you have ever worked with proteins you know the struggle. You identify your gene of interest, design the perfect construct, send it out to be synthesized and wait for it to be delivered to you. After some weeks you receive it, insert it into your host cell and ta-dah! Your protein is not expressed [...]
Less genes, more answers. This is how minimal genomes can help us understand life and boost biotechnology.
Humans, like computers, are programmed. Our lifeblood is encoded in our DNA, a long helix of nucleic acids that contains our instructions. Combinations of four letters (A, C, G, and T) that give rise not only to us but to all the different organisms with one thing in common: life. Great progress has been made [...]
Most young researchers spend hours in the laboratory working on their projects, troubleshooting, repeating experiments and optimising new methods until they collect enough results and can move forward with their research. If they are lucky they will even publish them in a nice journal. The results will be the key steps of the academic ladder [...]
“I will be happy if one day I open a Microbiology textbook and see a small section that says: lipid rafts in bacteria”
It is widely known that Fleming discovered penicillin by accident. Viagra’s famous effect was initially just a side-effect for an under-development drug against heart attacks, and one of the most famous sweeteners, saccharin, was discovered because Fehlberg forgot to wash his hands while looking for derivatives of coal tar. You can hear similar stories in [...]