By favoring the growth of pathogens, climate change will make infectious disease outbreaks more likely and more frequent, according to researchers who gathered during the 2014 ASM General Meeting (GM), held in Boston last May. Those pathogens threaten not only food sources and human health, but a...More...
One surprising discovery of the genome sequencing era is the sheer ubiquity of horizontal gene transfers (HGT), particularly among bacteria. Genetic material encoding single enzymes and entire metabolic pathways has moved between distantly related species, with important consequences for microbia...More...
Like many instructors, I went to a university where lectures were the norm. Because that strategy seemed to work so well, I emulated that approach when I began teaching microbiology to college students.