Navigation Links
Choosing your neighbors: MBL scientists see how microbes relate in space
Date:2/14/2011

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MALike people in cities, microbes often live in complex communities that contain many different microbial types. Also like us, microbes tend to gravitate to and "hang out" with certain other types in their community, more than with the rest. And sometimes, when opportunities arise, they move to more favorable locations.

But until recently, scientists have not been able to look at a microbial community and distinguish the spatial relationship of more than 2 or 3 kinds of microbes at once.

Now, a microscopy technique developed at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), allows scientists to see the spatial arrangement of up to 28 differently labeled microbes in a single field of view.

"We get information on the presence of many different microbes at once and get it quickly, cheaply, and perhaps more accurately than other methods," says Gary Borisy, president and director of the MBL and co-author of a paper describing the technique published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Just as you may move to a certain neighborhood because the schools are good for your kids, the neighborhood is important for microbes," Borisy says. "When we find out where (in a community) they like to hang out, that has implications for how they function."

The new technique, called CLASI-FISH (combinatorial labeling and spectral imaging fluorescent in situ hybridization), is faster than traditional ways of identifying the microbes in a sample (by laboratory culture or by DNA sequencing). Plus, it reveals the spatial structure of the community, which these methods do not.

"We don't just find out who is there. We find out where they are in space," Borisy says.

Borisy and his colleagues, including Floyd Dewhirst of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, used the technique to analyze dental plaque, a complex biofilm that is known to contain at least 600 species of microbes. The
'/>"/>

Contact: Diana Kenney
dkenney@mbl.edu
508-289-7139
Marine Biological Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New research suggests choosing different fruits and vegetables may increase phytonutrient intake
2. Research recommends compromise when choosing conservation site
3. Hershey scientists improve methods for analysis of healthful cocoa compounds
4. UCR scientists to explore new genetic tools in mosquito research: Transposable elements
5. Giant rats lead scientists to ancient face carvings
6. NRL scientists elevate warfighter readiness against invisible threats
7. Brains radio stations have much to tell scientists
8. Smithsonian scientists discover 7 new species of fish
9. Scientists urge new research policies in wake of Gulf disaster
10. Roasting coffee beans a dark brown produces valued antioxidants: UBC food scientists
11. Scientists synthesize long-sought-after anticancer agent
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Choosing your neighbors:  MBL scientists see how microbes relate in space
(Date:12/11/2014)... , Dec. 10, 2014  That blood pressure plays ... a while. Hypertension – the medical term for high blood ... early 1800s, and the inflatable cuff that,s used in measuring ... however, mean there,s nothing new about hypertension, its triggers and ... beliefs about the condition and the best ways to treat ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... N.C. , Dec. 9, 2014  Valencell, a ... it is seeing a staggering demand from its licensees ... the Company revealed, is not solely coming from fitness ... as well. "A wearable is only as ... result, accuracy is the ultimate driver in long-term mass ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... Dec. 08, 2014 Research and Markets ... of the "Biometrics Market in Japan 2014-2018" ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 The integration ... as rural banking and upgradation of the driver,s ... in the market. Besides the aforementioned projects, biometrics ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 2Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 3Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 4Wearable Technology Products Demand Highly Accurate Biometric Technology 2Biometrics Market in Japan 2014-2018: Key Vendors are DDS, Fujitsu, Hitachi and NEC 2
... investigating how quickly the Deepwater Horizon oil carried into Gulf ... natural microbial communities, and whether native oil-eating bacteria that wash ... What oceanography professors Markus Huettel and Joel E. Kostka ... oil in the beaches will be gone. Their findings may ...
... to all that ails people managing their multiple sclerosis is depression ... as 50 percent. Yet despite its prevalence, the ... how severe one,s MS is, and it can occur at any ... psychological reaction that comes from dealing with the burden of a ...
... article in the current issue of Global Change Biology ... Jatropha curcas L. , for present and future climates. ... Jatropha , with biogeographic modeling and ecological principles. This ... and map worldwide productivity for present and future climates. ...
Cached Biology News:How fast can microbes break down oil washed onto Gulf beaches? 2How fast can microbes break down oil washed onto Gulf beaches? 3Brain atrophy responsible for depression in people battling multiple sclerosis 2
(Date:12/24/2014)... and NEW YORK , Dec. ... PTBIW), a biopharmaceutical company advancing patient care in critical ... of 3,500,000 shares of common stock, and warrants to ... stock, at an offering price of $4.00 per share ... share exercise price of $5.00, are exercisable immediately, and ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... “Preparative & Process Chromatography Market by ... Solvents, Buffers, Valves, Guages, Seals), Accessories, Services, End ... to 2019” provides a detailed overview of the ... and strategies impacting the preparative and process chromatography ... the revenue and share analysis. , Full ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... December 23, 2014 ... is designed to introduce cutting edge communication ... and partners of platform upgrades. This webinar ... empowering users in their quest to leverage ... , According to SoundConnect’s Marketing Manager, Seanna ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... (PRWEB) December 23, 2014 ... mercaptan such as its definition, classification, application ... product specification, manufacturing process, and product cost ... and applications. The analysis also covers upstream ... channels, industry development trend and proposals. In ...
Breaking Biology Technology:PlasmaTech Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering 2PlasmaTech Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering 3Preparative and Process Chromatography Market is expected to reach $9 billion by 2019 - New Report by Marketsandmarkets 2Preparative and Process Chromatography Market is expected to reach $9 billion by 2019 - New Report by Marketsandmarkets 3Preparative and Process Chromatography Market is expected to reach $9 billion by 2019 - New Report by Marketsandmarkets 4SoundConnect Launches Leading Edge Business Communications Webinar Series 2SoundConnect Launches Leading Edge Business Communications Webinar Series 3Worldwide Methyl Mercaptan Market 2015-2020 Forecasts on Development & Trends Now Available at ReportsnReports.com 2
... 27, 2011  Candelis announced today that it has reached ... ) whereby Candelis, ASTRA cloud-hosted suite of services will ... images and studies to patients, Microsoft HealthVault accounts upon ... personal health application platform that lets consumers gather, store ...
... Immunicum, which is developing cancer vaccines, has received approval ... clinical trial. The study will be conducted on kidney cancer ... time, the company secures substantial financing to complete the clinical ... to test the vaccine on humans for the first time. ...
... the breeze doesn,t always blow and therein lie perhaps the ... a grand scale. If only there were an efficient, ... quantities of excess power generated on windy or sunny days ... let,s imagine the battery is cheap to build, too. ...
Cached Biology Technology:Candelis and Microsoft Team Up to Empower Patients 2Candelis and Microsoft Team Up to Empower Patients 3A New Type of Dendritic Cell-Based Cancer Vaccine has Received Approval for Clinical Tests and at the Same Time Secures Substantial Financing 2Nanoparticle electrode for batteries could make grid-scale power storage feasible 2Nanoparticle electrode for batteries could make grid-scale power storage feasible 3Nanoparticle electrode for batteries could make grid-scale power storage feasible 4
... form culture flask is designed for culturing organisms requiring ... has a heavy beaded rim to protect against chipping ... is 38mm and takes a No. 6.5 rubber stopper. ... heat source smaller than the base of the flask. ...
... to achieve in many bacterial strains due ... restriction and modification (R-M) systems that cleave ... TypeOne™ Restriction Inhibitor provides a powerful method ... with type I R-M systems. Developed ...
... cassette is designed to allow chloramphenicol ... prokaryotic promoter gb2 driving the gene ... modified version of the Em7 promoter. ... the generally used Tn5 promoter. A ...
Includes a choice of any 3 EasySep mouse selection kits and EasySep magnet...
Biology Products: