Constructing a Synthetic Mycoplasma
Zabriskie Point. Source
I would like to raise an exciting issue that has become very hot recently and has been of great interest to me for a long time: the possibility of synthesizing a l...
The TWiM team explores microbes in snowblower vents on the ocean floor, and cleavage of antibody molecules by a Mycoplasma protease.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, Michele Swanson, and Michael Schmidt.
Press play (below) t...
It gives us pleasure to host the translation of an article by Miguel Vicente that appeared in the Spanish blog, Esos Pequeños Bichitos.
by Miguel Vicente
It's in the news! The genome of Mycoplasma genitalium has been synthesized! Once ...
Poor wand'ring one! Though thou hast surely strayed... Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan
Mycoplasma have good press agents. They frequently make the news these days, often because they have the smalle...
Figure 1. Electron microscopy of the fungus Gigaspora margarita. (a) The two bacterial types, Candidatus Glomeribacter gigasporarum (arrow) and Mollicutes-related endobacteria (arrowhead) are present in the same district of the...
by Jamie Henzy
Figure 1. (click to enlarge) How do viruses and bacteria measure up? Adapted from source
One could say that bacteria get quite a bit more attention than viruses here at STC. In fact, one could say that they hog the lime...
As is our custom, we provide a lightly annotated list of our posts from the past half year.
We mourn the loss of three giants in our field. Oddly, they died on consecutive months (March, April, May)
Charles Yanofsky R...
Drawing a line in the sand? Source
For bacteria, the term "obligate parasite" can have at least two distinct meanings.
A parasite that naturally only reproduces within a host and cannot be artificially cultured on cell-free ...
We present here a lightly annotated list that includes most of our posts from the past half year.
Photo Credit: Unhindered by Talent
Of Terms in Biology
We inaugurated this department in recent months. Terms in the spotligh...
by Merry Youle
The cicada Diceroprocta semicincta (male). Size: 3/4 inch. Source
The endosymbionts of insects provide an unending parade of novelty. They seem to knock on our door, one after the other, each purveying some new twist of...
The purpose of this blog is to share our appreciation for the width and depth of the microbial activities on this planet. We will emphasize the unusual and the unexpected phenomena for which we have a special fascination... (more)