News archive - 2017

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 microbiome 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.

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