Recent Examples of microbe from the Web
In 2013, analysis of a rock sample collected by the vehicle showed that ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.
Fat molecules left in sediments by plants and microbes that lived at the time.
For now, though, no one is sure—so the microbe hypothesis cannot be discounted completely.
Greaves' findings suggest that something as simple as exposing children with the first stage mutation to benign microbes may be enough to protect them from developing ALL.
Students in fourth and fifth grades study the biodiversity of the pond and observe and research microbes, Horne said.
For the immunosuppressed, ill or very old, mice with pathogenic microbes can be especially dangerous.
The Earth BioGenome project will dwarf these earlier efforts by sequencing, cataloging and characterizing the genomes of all known eukaryotes, which include all living organisms other than certain microbes that lack a cell nucleus.
In experiments, fat mice transplanted with microbes from thin mice lost weight and vice versa.
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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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