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Microbial Life


Lush Life, Deep Down

Lush Life, Deep Down

Scientists find an active ecosystem of bacteria, archaea, and fungi in the sediments far beneath the sea floor.

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What Doomed the Stromatolites?

What Doomed the Stromatolites?

About a billion years before the dinosaurs became extinct, stromatolites roamed the Earth until they mysteriously disappeared. Well, not roamed…

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An Oddity about Lyme Disease Bacteria

An Oddity about Lyme Disease Bacteria

The bacterial species that causes Lyme disease avoids a key human defense by not requiring iron. For a WHOI microbial chemist, that raised a big question: What does it use instead of iron?

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Mining Marine Microbes for New Drugs

Mining Marine Microbes for New Drugs

The ocean is a combat zone where marine microbes are constantly making chemical compounds to kill competitors or protect themselves. Could some of those compounds lead to pharmaceuticals that could help people?

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The Harshest Habitats on Earth

The Harshest Habitats on Earth

With help from ROV Jason and a new, high-tech sampling instrument, scientists discover that even in a hyper-saline realm, with no light and no oxygen, under crushing pressure, life still finds a way.

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An Ocean Instrument Is Born

An Ocean Instrument Is Born

Every new ocean instrument goes through growing pains. But the Submersible Incubation Device, nicknamed SID, has been a particularly long…

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In Search of Tricho, Pt. 2

In Search of Tricho, Pt. 2

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on the research vessel R/V Oceanus undertake a cruise to study health and…

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In Search of Tricho, Pt. 3

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on the research vessel R/V Oceanus undertake a cruise to study health and…

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