Recent Examples of microbe from the Web
Hardy microbes may live deep underground in such places, but there were no monsters, no maidens in need of saving, no masterminds devising evil plans.
Scientists think this has to do with microbes: a baby acquires them from its mother on its way through the birth canal.
The pieces of chalk, which look a little like super-sized microbes, were made with a 3D printer, giving them literally laser-cut precision.
Creatures big and small, from wolves to microbes, continue to live inside the thousand-square-mile Exclusion Zone.
This week genetics students altered the DNA of bacteria to allow microbes to withstand colder temperatures.
These bacteria and yeast are believed to help populate our guts with beneficial microbes, according to Mayo Clinic, and can be found in fermented or unpasteurized foods including yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi, as well as, yes, supplements.
But new research finds that antibiotics aren’t alone in their bacterial slaughter: Nearly 1 in 4 other prescription medications, from antipsychotics to antivirals, kill off gut microbes.
Joye and other scientists presented research detailing dispersants' effects on marine microbes at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans last week.
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Did You Know?
A hint of the Greek word bios, meaning "life", can be seen in microbe. Microbes, or microorganisms, include bacteria, protozoa, fungi, algae, amoebas, and slime molds. Many people think of microbes as simply the causes of disease, but every human is actually the host to billions of microbes, and most of them are essential to our life. Much research is now going into possible microbial sources of future energy; algae looks particularly promising, as do certain newly discovered or created microbes that can produce cellulose, to be turned into ethanol and other biofuels.
MICROBE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of microbe for English Language Learners
: an extremely small living thing that can only be seen with a microscope
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