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Changing the Code: New Naming System for Microbes

Changing the Code: New Naming System for Microbes

The long-standing rules for assigning scientific names to bacteria and archaea are overdue for an update, according to a new consensus statement backed by 119 microbiologists from around the globe. Bacteria and archaea (single-celled organisms that lack cell nuclei) make up...
New Review updates knowledge on and biodiversity of Archaea

New Review updates knowledge on and biodiversity of Archaea

Archaea are quite possibly the most abundant and diverse life on planet, but why haven’t you heard about them? The little-known world of archaea gets a big spot light with a new review in Nature Microbiology, released this week by lead...
New Phyla of Microbes Identified

New Phyla of Microbes Identified

Kiley Seitz is a PhD graduate student with Dr. Brett Baker at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Her microbiology research is breaking new ground in how scientist’s think about microbes and how they are cycled throughout the ecosystems.Newly identified...
Scavengers of the deep sea

Scavengers of the deep sea

New study reveals that microbes that live in the deep sea are true scavengers. A paper released today in Nature Communications explains how microbiologist and oceanographers used genetics to figure out what dominant ocean microorganisms are eating. The scientists from the...
Microbes watch out, there’s a new doctor in town

Microbes watch out, there’s a new doctor in town

Dr. Brett Baker is the newest addition to the faculty at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Marine microbes include a very broad spectrum of microscopic organisms (microalgae, bacteria, archaea, protozoa, fungi and viruses). They are ubiquitous, inhabiting every niche...