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So potentially harmful microbes are better able to survive in aquatic environments.
Baking soda could help fight deadly superbugs by making tests of drug-resistant microbes more effective.
In the past 15 years researchers have established that many of these commensal microbes are essential for health.
Finally, in an organic growing system, microbes feed plants.
An altered microbe population in the gut has been observed in people with Alzheimer’s.
In the new study, researchers Eran Elinav, Eran Segal and colleagues analyzed the study participants’ genetic makeup along with the mix of microbes in stool samples from each person.
Overuse of antibiotics can demolish the body’s communities of helpful microbes, make nasty germs more resistant to antibiotics, and increase the likelihood of resistant, life-threatening infections.
The geobiologist, writer, and educator is a 2016 Emerging Explorer and studies microbes that can survive in extreme conditions.
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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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