Recent Examples of microbe from the Web
While an abundance of these organic chemicals could be produced by life, such as microbes sustaining off of hot volcanic vents on the ocean floor, they also could be produced by natural geological processes.
Recently, the cavers came across a new room covered in quartz and giant sheets of microbes, the samples of which were sent to Arizona State University and the University of Arizona for identification.
Besides the feet, which literally covers the most ground, partner sets also tended to share microbes around their torso, navel, and eyelids — the side effect of holding each other close and staring into each other's eyes, apparently.
Vice versa, this outer-space safety compliance officer also make sure humans don’t bring back alien microbes or other biological contamination from space travel that could infect the Earth.
Despite common misconception, it was demonstrated that kitchen environments host more microbes than toilets.
Imagine a melting pot into which the livestock, the birds, the flies and the people all contribute bacteria and other microbes – a Petri dish for the creation of new threats to human health.
Shipman encoded a GIF of Muybridge’s horse into DNA, and then inserted those strands into living microbes using CRISPR.
The units heat and cool reservoirs of water, and researchers suspected that as the device ventilated heat or pumped water to the blankets, tiny droplets became aerosolized and spread through the operating room, carrying microbes with them.
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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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