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 smalles...
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...
by Shmuel Razin
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 synthesi...
Figure 1. A few pieces in the grand puzzle of lifeforms. Source: Janie Kim. Frontispiece: DNA containing an unnatural base-pair, X-Y. Source
What had once seemed discrete has turned fuzzy around the edges these days, whet...
The special issue of Science of 27 November 2009 (Volume 326, Issue 5957) focusing on Spatial Cell Biology contains a larger than usual number of items with a microbial focus. Although only one1 of the six featured Review...
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...
Photo Credit: Unhindered by Talent
Previous posts to this blog may be not easy to find. We present here a lightly annotated list of our "mini-essays" posted during the last year. You can also find them under "Categories" in t...
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)