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Stop Using These Eyedrops Immediately, CDC Says

Stop Using These Eyedrops Immediately, CDC Says

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Photo: Andrey_Popov (Shutterstock)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people to stop issuing and using EzriCare Artificial Tears while they investigate dozens of bacterial infections that have left three people permanently blind and one dead, according to NBC News. The infections are potentially linked to the over-the-counter eyedrops, according to the CDC’s…
These beetles tuck symbiotic bacteria in “back pockets” during metamorphosis

These beetles tuck symbiotic bacteria in “back pockets” during metamorphosis

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Enlarge / Certain species of beetle have evolved unusual "back pockets" to safely house symbiotic bacteria during metamorphosis—the only known instance of this among insects. Certain species of beetle have evolved unusual "back pockets" to safely house symbiotic bacteria during metamorphosis—the only known instance of this among insects. It's part of a mutually beneficial arrangement,…
New bacterium roughly the size, shape of an eyelash smashes size record

New bacterium roughly the size, shape of an eyelash smashes size...

Enlarge / The bacteria, Ca. Thiomargarita magnifica, discovered in the French Caribbean mangroves is a member of the genus Thiomargarita.Tomas Tyml Clinging to sunken debris in shallow, marine mangrove forests in the French Caribbean, tiny thread-like organisms—perfectly visible to the naked eye—have earned the title of the largest bacteria ever known. Measuring around a centimeter…
Microbiologists have cracked the case of Shedd Aquarium’s missing medicines

Microbiologists have cracked the case of Shedd Aquarium’s missing medicines

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Enlarge / The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago partnered with microbiologists at Northwestern University to find out why chloroquine kept disappearing from the water in the quarantine habitat. Founded in 1930, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium is not just a popular tourist attraction. Its staff also aids in worldwide conservation efforts and conducts essential research on animal health…
“Vulture bees” evolved a taste for flesh—and their microbiomes reflect that

“Vulture bees” evolved a taste for flesh—and their microbiomes reflect that

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Enlarge / University of California, Riverside scientists suspended fresh pieces of raw chicken from branches to attract carrion-feeding "vulture bees" in Costa Rica.Quinn McFrederick/UCR Ask a random person to picture a bee, and they'll likely conjure up the familiar black-and-yellow striped creature buzzing from flower to flower collecting pollen to bring back to the hive. But…
Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings have unique microbiomes, study finds

Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings have unique microbiomes, study finds

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Enlarge / Sampling microbes from Leonardo da Vinci's Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk (1512).Guadalupe Piñar et al. Microbiomes are all the scientific rage, even in art conservation, where studying the microbial species that congregate on works of art may lead to new ways to slow down the deterioration of priceless aging artwork, as…

A few of us might produce super-healing poop– and researchers are...

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Enlarge / "Yep, there's absolutely poop therein.". . Researchers frequently appear to be on a mission for spiritual chalices...
Middle ages European afflict genomes mean Black Death’s journeys

Middle ages European afflict genomes mean Black Death’s journeys

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Enlarge / Scanning electron micrograph depicting a mass of Yersinia pestis bacteria (the cause of bubonic plague) in the foregut of the flea vector. Barbara Bramanti grew up near Florence, Italy, worked for a while in Mainz, Germany, and is now at the University of Oslo in Norway. Her career has taken her across a…

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