Tag Archives: E. coli

Amoeba hugs are often deadly, and sometimes they set your career

This post is written by NCAT faculty Misty Thomas My passion for Microbiology first started when I was in my undergraduate microbiology class at the Collège Universitaire de St. Boniface, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I’m sure it was a cold … Continue reading

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Evolving antimutator microbial machines

This post is by University of Texas at Austin grad student Dacia Leon (Twitter: @leondacia) Fluorescence microplate readers are really exciting. These instruments are a staple in any synthetic biology lab given that they allow for high-throughput quantification of microbial growth and fluorescence … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Source-sink population dynamics facilitate plasmid host range evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Idaho postdoc Wesley Loftie-Eaton. With all the thanks to BEACON for funding and Dr. Eva M. Top for her support and guidance, my latest foray into the world … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolution Goes Plink

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Kyle Card. Richard Feynman was an eccentric theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate who had a profound impact on the field of quantum mechanics. As a child, he … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: A foreigner’s forays into experimental evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Carina Baskett. When I spent a semester of college in Buenos Aires, Argentina, we American students were endlessly fascinated by cultural differences between the US and Argentina. As … Continue reading

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Tortoises, hares, and topography: how fitness landscape structure affects the speed of adaptation

Hello fellow BEACONites and interested members of the public, I’m Josh Nahum, a postdoctoral fellow, who was at the University of Washington during the early years of the Beacon Center, but now I’m doing research at Michigan State University (more … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Coach, Put me on the bench! A Novice’s Journey into Old-Fashioned Experimental Evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog is by MSU graduate student Jay Bundy. As a kid I played a lot of basketball. I loved almost everything about the game. But there was one thing I hated: spending time riding … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Engineering life

This week’s blog post is by University of Washington graduate student Leandra Brettner. All living organisms share a universal programming language—DNA. Long strings of unit molecules A’s, T’s, C’s and G’s dictate the unique traits of each individual, but the … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolution and the nano-scale

Today’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by NC A&T faculty Dr. Joseph L. Graves Jr. One nanometer is defined as 1 x 10-9 meter. This is about the size of one glucose molecule. The nucleus of a human cell … Continue reading

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"The Man Who Bottled Evolution"

A new Science paper from the Lenski lab is generating lots of buzz! Facebook’s popular page “I F*ing Love Science” sums up the Long-Term Evolution Experiment in this infographic: From the MSU press release: There’s no peak in sight ­– … Continue reading

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