bacteria

How bacteria create a piggy bank for the lean times

Published: 14Oct2021

Bacteria can store extra resources for the lean times. It’s a bit like keeping a piggy bank or carrying a backup battery pack. One important reserve is known as cyanophycin granules, which were...

Rules of the road: the navigational ‘strategies’ of bacteria in motion

Published: 11May2021

Bacteria that move around live on the edge. All the time. Their success, be it in finding nutrients, fending off predators or multiplying depends on how efficiently they navigate through their...

"Good bacteria" in breast milk changes over time

Published: 23Feb2021

The cocktail of beneficial bacteria passed from mother to infant through breast milk changes significantly over time and could act like a daily booster shot for infant immunity and metabolism.

Specialized cellular compartments discovered in bacteria

Published: 20Jul2020

Researchers at McGill University have discovered bacterial organelles involved in gene expression, suggesting that bacteria may not be as simple as once thought. This finding could offer new...

Bacteriophages may play a role in childhood stunting… and be able to help treat it

Published: 12Feb2020

New research spearheaded by McGill University has discovered that bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) found in the intestinal tracts of children may play a role in childhood stunting, a...

Detecting bacteria in space

Published: 22May2019

Scientists at the University of Montreal and McGill University have pioneered and tested a new genomic methodology which reveals a complex bacterial ecosystem at work on the International Space...

Nano-sized traps show promise in diagnosing pathogenic bacterial infections

Published: 30Jul2018

A new type of “lab on a chip” developed by McGill University scientists has the potential to become a clinical tool capable of detecting very small quantities of disease-causing bacteria in just...

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