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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Survival of the fattest: Understanding the role of polyesters in root nodule bacteria

S. meliloti bacteria

Even Sinorhizobium meliloti suffers from a weight gain once in a while.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bacterial Scissorhands: Biologists discover bacteria have new and improved flagella

Bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Photo source: iStock.

Biologists from the University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia and Health Canada have discovered hundreds of bacterial species equipped with a new and powerful type of flagella covered in enzymes.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Salmon farmers adapt to climate change with help from a $4.4M collaboration

Salmon swimming.

With sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean already climbing, scientists are predicting Atlantic Canada’s $400 million salmon aquaculture industry could be wiped out within the next 25 years.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Two of a kind: How we share our microbiome with our partner

Couple holding hands sitting on a bed.

Biologists at the University of Waterloo find the unique microbial communities living on our feet can be used to predict who we live with.

The study, published this month in mSystems, combined high-throughput sequencing and artificial intelligence to see what the microbome living on the skin of cohabiting couples can tell us about the microbial “fingerprints” that we leave on our loved ones.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dead fish do tell tales: Using the necrobiome to measure impact of wastewater on aquatic life

Rainbow darter fish in a respirometer used to measure metabolic activity.

Waterloo Biologists Paul Craig and Andrew Doxey find fish struggle to live in the Grand River downstream from Kitchener, Ontario’s wastewater treatment plant.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Short people have an evolutionary advantage, study finds

Stick figures in blue with the shortest figure highlighted in gold.

A group of researchers from Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Waterloo have uncovered a surprising genetic link between height, arthritis, and the Out of Africa migration between 50,000 and 130,000 years ago.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Welcoming microbiologists from across Canada

The poster session at the 2017 Canadian Society of Microbiologists conference.

Last week, the University of Waterloo hosted the 67th annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) conference.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Biology bake-off makes for a sweet department social

Lucy Satora's winning tiramisu.

Biology held their annual bake-off last Thursday with an irresistible challenge to faculty, staff and students: taste and vote for your favourite home-made dessert.

Friday, June 9, 2017

University of Waterloo researchers lead impactful projects on climate change

A Canadian lake.

Climate change is significantly impacting Canada’s water resources. From melting permafrost, to more pervasive algal blooms, to increased flooding, these impacts are only expected to increase in the future.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Biology graduate student Samantha Burke finds lakes are getting saltier

Samantha Burke sampling in the field.

Canada’s freshwater lakes are being threatened by the widespread use of road salt, according to a recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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