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Oct 8, 2018

The malaria parasite, Plasmodium, is transmitted to people through mosquito bites. The parasite needs to infect humans to undergo the morphologic transitions important for its lifecycle, but it also needs to infect mosquitoes to be able to complete its lifecycle.

Dr. Gunnar Mair is an Assistant Professor at Iowa...


Sep 25, 2018

Bacteria talk to each other using molecules that allow them to coordinate group behaviors, which has been termed “quorum sensing”. 

A number of bacteria utilize quorum sensing to form gangs that coordinate beneficial behaviors such as symbiotic light production, as well as detrimental behaviors such as attacking...


Sep 10, 2018

The magnificent coral reefs of the world are dying! These fantastic underwater living structures that support entire ecosystems are undergoing massive die-offs that have decimated coral reefs all over the globe.

Tropical coral reefs rely on a symbiosis between the coral polyp and a photosynthetic algae, and when this...


Aug 29, 2018

Earth’s most abundant biological entities are viruses, and they can be found everywhere where there are living organisms, including extreme (hellish) environments with e.g. low pH, high temperature, etc.

Dr. Ken Stedman is a professor at Portland State University and one of the founders of the Center for Life in...


Aug 14, 2018

Dr. Steve Mayfield is a professor at the University of California San Diego and the Director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology. Algae are amazing microorganisms, and Dr. Mayfield says that the more you know about algae, the more you like them.  

Algae are extremely important to life on earth: they changed...