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Asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs created perfect conditions for microbial life to thrive

The massive Chicxulub crater on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula is the fingerprint of a killer, probably responsible for the destruction of ...
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Discovery of microbes under ocean floor suggests life could thrive in ‘extreme environments’ like Mars

When scientists find microbial life thriving in some of the most extreme environments on Earth, it gives them hope that ...
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Bizarre deep sea microbe could help explain origins of ‘animals, plants, fungi and humans’

Two billion years ago, simple cells gave rise to far more complex cells. Biologists have struggled for decades to learn ...
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Most food flavorings could be made with GMO microbes, sparing large amounts of farmland

In future, the majority of natural flavors could be produced from microscopic armies of microbes programmed to convert sugars into ...
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Microbe-coated seeds survive salty growing conditions in new study

Researchers at Florida International University have found coating seeds with a fungus and a bacterium could help valuable crops block ...
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Can the ‘trendy’ microbiome diet ease consumer fear of GMOs?

The acceptance of the trendy microbiome diet among consumers has put wind in the sails of ag-biotech start up Joyn ...
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Microbes living in plant roots fight off fungal infection, cutting need for pesticides, study shows

Micro-organisms living inside plant roots team up to boost the plant's growth and tolerance to stress. An international research team ...
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Have we already discovered life on Mars? And did we accidentally kill it?

In a recent opinion piece in Scientific American, former Viking Mars investigator Gil Levin fired up anew the argument over whether that ...
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Fertilizer, pesticides from microbes could help make urban farming more productive

Singapore could be an urban farming oasis and achieve government-set guidelines for produce self-sufficiency as researchers there pioneer the development ...
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Green chemicals: How DNA assembly tech streamlines microbe engineering to boost urban farming

Researchers at SMART, MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, and National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a technology that greatly ...
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Mining ‘extremely hostile environments’ for keys to new drugs, tech breakthroughs

Many scientists have been investigating the planet’s countless extreme environments, on the hunt for molecules that will inspire the next ...
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How does our immune system distinguish between friendly gut bacteria and deadly pathogens?

Observations in mice show that certain filamentous microbes use a hooklike appendage to send messages that researchers believe are aimed ...
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Microbes from Yellowstone National Park could spur lab-grown food innovation

Scientists have long been captivated by a group of microscopic organisms in Yellowstone National Park. The microbes thrive at extreme temperatures ...
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Change, resilience and the mysterious human microbiome

Our microbiome is an inner ecology of Planet Us. And thought of in that context, two new small, exploratory studies, may ...
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‘People are primed for ET’: Why the discovery of alien life won’t frighten us

On [October 30] 80 years ago, actor Orson Welles announced to audiences in a chilling radio performance that Martians were ...
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Searching for alien life: Why we shouldn’t ignore low-oxygen ‘dead planets’

Until recently, little was known about oxygen’s abundance in the atmosphere [when] microbes were the only life on the planet ...
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Lab-grown microbes could reduce agriculture’s dependence on chemical pesticides and fertilizers

There's a potentially huge technology risk on the horizon [for] fertilizer companies  ....  next-generation biotech products called microbials .... Microbials ...
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Scientists recruit wheat microbes to halt devastating plant fungal disease

Fusarium head blight is a devastating fungal disease affecting wheat and barley crops worldwide. According to the American Phytopathological Society, ...
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Biotech firm Pivot Bio beta testing ‘clean, alternative’ nitrogen fertilizer to spare farmland, protect waterways

Across the Corn Belt this summer, Pivot Bio and farmers in the company’s Intent to Pivot program are beta testing the first sustainable nitrogen ...
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Mars conundrum: How do we explore without contaminating the Red Planet?

Space exploration experts worry over what will happen if a human expedition introduces Earth's microbes to Mars. Are those concerns ...
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White House announces microbiome initiative but science on gut bacteria still unsettled

The Unified Microbiome Initiative seeks to unlock the mystery of the human biome and the role of genetics in shaping ...