Navigation Links
Microbiologists eavesdrop on the hidden lives of microbes
Date:1/23/2013

(CAMBRIDGE, MA) -- Microbiologists who study wild marine microbes, as opposed to the lab-grown variety, face enormous challenges in getting a clear picture of the daily activities of their subjects. But a team of scientists from MIT and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently figured out how to make the equivalent of a nature film, showing the simultaneous activities of many coexisting species in their native habitat over time.

Instead of making a movie, the scientists used a robotic device that dangled below the surface of the ocean, drifting in the water with a neighborhood of microbial populations and gathering samples of one billion microbes every four hours. Similar to fast photography that stops action, the robotic device "fixed" each sample so that whatever genes the microbes were expressing at the moment of capture were preserved for later study in the lab, where the scientists used whole-genome gene-expression analysis to create a time-lapse montage of the daily labors of multiple microbial species over a two-day period.

"A naturalist like Sir David Attenborough can follow a herd of elk and see how the elk's behavior changes hour to hour, day to day and week to week. But we haven't been able to observe naturally occurring microbes with that kind of resolution until now," says Edward DeLong, the Morton and Claire Goulder Family Professor in Environmental Systems in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Biological Engineering.

DeLong is senior author of a paper on the study appearing online the week of Jan. 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Co-authors on the paper are Elizabeth Ottesen, a former MIT postdoc who is now an assistant professor at the University of Georgia; MIT postdoc Curtis Young and research engineer John Eppley; and senior research specialist John Ryan, senior scientist Francisco Chavez, and president Christopher Scholin of the
'/>"/>

Contact: Denise Brehm, Civil and Environmental Engineering
brehm@mit.edu
617-253-8069
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Microbiologists can now measure extremely slow life
2. Peacock love songs lure eavesdropping females from afar
3. Predatory beetles eavesdrop on ants chemical conversations to find best egg-laying sites
4. Immune system molecule with hidden talents
5. MBL scientists to explore hidden realm of microbes, viruses beneath the ocean floor
6. Hidden secrets in the worlds most northerly rainforests
7. Blowing in the wind: How hidden flower features are crucial for bees
8. Elephant seal tracking reveals hidden lives of deep-diving animals
9. First satellite tag study for manta rays reveals habits and hidden journeys of ocean giants
10. They hunt, they kill, they cheat: Single-celled algae shed light on social lives of microbes
11. OU study suggests the bacterial ecology that lives on humans has changed in the last 100 years
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2015)... , February 11, 2015 ... report "Access Control Market by Product (Cards and Readers, ... Military and Defense, Government, Industrial, Healthcare, Education) and By ... by MarketsandMarkets, the Access Control Market is ... growing at a CAGR of 10.6% between ...
(Date:2/9/2015)... 2015  Lintec of America recently announced an exclusive ... (CNT) macrostructures, including sheets, yarns and ribbons, developed at ... Leveraging the vast industrial resources of the global Lintec ... Lintec of America is forming the Nano-Science and Technology ... focusing on scaling up the manufacturing and commercialization of ...
(Date:2/5/2015)... , Feb. 5, 2015  Marken is starting its ... and has launched a new marketing campaign to solidify ... (CLO).  The new campaign focuses on First ... and shipments. The first headline in the ... Marken,s priorities with its client,s priorities. Marken recognizes the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Access Control Market Worth $10.4 Billion by 2020 2Access Control Market Worth $10.4 Billion by 2020 3Access Control Market Worth $10.4 Billion by 2020 4Lintec announces exclusive license to commercialize innovative carbon nanotube technology from the University of Texas at Dallas 2Lintec announces exclusive license to commercialize innovative carbon nanotube technology from the University of Texas at Dallas 3Lintec announces exclusive license to commercialize innovative carbon nanotube technology from the University of Texas at Dallas 4Marken Launches New Patient-Centric Campaign 2
... at the University of Huddersfield aims to ensure that the risk ... of lead plumbing is reduced even further in line with ... 2013. The project is being conducted in collaboration with ... countries, such as European nations and the USA, have similar issues ...
... coin. It refers simultaneously to that which is visible and ... hidden. This less-visible hunger is known as ,hidden hunger, or ... the consequences of hidden hunger before they are five years ... the physical torture of starvation, which is responsible for the ...
... new direction in examining the availability of healthy foods ... its residents. This new approach to identifying so-called ... May journal of Health and Place . ... options such as fresh fruits and vegetables ...
Cached Biology News:Research with Yorkshire Water to reduce lead in water supplies 2Malnutrition -- Living hungrily ever after 2UC research takes a new approach to identifying 'food deserts' 2
(Date:3/2/2015)... GAITHERSBURG, Md. , March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... Gaithersburg -based biotechnology company focusing on the ... and next generation antibody agents based upon a ... received a 2015 Life Sciences Impact Grant Award ... (MCDED).  The grant, created by MCDED, is awarded ...
(Date:3/2/2015)... 2015  Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AST), a ... medicine, today announced that it will release fourth quarter ... Tuesday, March 10, 2015 after the close of the ... call and webcast on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at ... the results and recent corporate developments. For ...
(Date:3/1/2015)... (PRWEB) March 01, 2015 Market ... agreement for quality market research promotion on Internet. ... research reports worked out by DataGroup Booksellers. , ... Market Publishers Ltd, commented on the recent partnership ... DataGroup Booksellers in our team of publishers. Since ...
(Date:2/27/2015)... Feb. 27, 2015 A paper published ... rare-diseases portfolio " in Science Translational Medicine, ... technique to reduce the risk associated with investing ... unlock new levels of funding for developing so-called ... a unique collaboration between scientists at the National ...
Breaking Biology Technology:VLP Therapeutics Wins the 2015 Life Sciences Impact Grant Award from the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development 2Asterias Biotherapeutics to Report Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results on March 10, 2015 2Market Publishers Ltd and DataGroup Booksellers Sign Partnership Agreement 2Market Publishers Ltd and DataGroup Booksellers Sign Partnership Agreement 3New Financing Technique May Hold Key to Unlocking Funding for Rare Diseases 2New Financing Technique May Hold Key to Unlocking Funding for Rare Diseases 3New Financing Technique May Hold Key to Unlocking Funding for Rare Diseases 4
... Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Diagnostic Imaging,International Corp. (OTCBB: ... a number of diagnostic imaging clinics for acquisition., ... plans to,acquire a number of profitable operating clinics ... Company management has begun its diligence review ...
... patients treated with,Myobloc(R) (Botulinum Toxin Type B) Injectable ... Neurosciences, Inc. ("Solstice"). We,support education and training of ... use of this product as outlined in the ... routine process for monitoring and reporting,any adverse events ...
... 8 Exelixis,Inc. (Nasdaq: EXEL ) will release ... Thursday, February 14, 2008 after the markets close.,The announcement ... p.m. ET/ 2:00,p.m. PT, in which Exelixis management will ... webcast may be accessed in the Event,Calendar page under ...
Cached Biology Technology:Diagnostic Imaging - Acquisitions - OTCBB: DIIG 2Solstice Neurosciences, Inc. Issues Corporate Response to FDA Early Communication 2
HAS1 (C-14)...
Complete cell culture media with cytokines...
... provide flexible sealing lips for products ... ,PFG: Flat cup ,PBG: Bellows cup ... Bellows cup , Range of ... mm , Multiple suction cup materials ...
Total Proteins from over 50 different human Alzheimer, Diabetic, Liver Cirrhosis, and Lupus diseased tissues are available....
Biology Products: