B.O.U.S. ( Bacteria of Unusual Size)

Immense, colossal, massive – these are words you rarely hear in microbiology. However, they all apply to Thiomargarita magnifica, the most recent bacteria to make headlines. In fact, such adjectives barely do justice to the size of this species. Members of T. magnifica are…

Saltwater Cures

Biodiversity prospecting, or bioprospecting, is the exploration of natural resources for useful molecules, biochemicals, and/or genetic information. These discoveries are then developed into commercial products such as medicines. Approximately 25% of medicines are derived from naturally occurring compounds. Most of…