Scientists take a first step towards making synthetic life by transferring genetic material from one species of bacteria to another, making it a copy of the first.
- Reuters via News Limited
- A report by a team of Japanese scientists, published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science journal "Science", has identified bacteria -- isolated from outside a bottle recycling facility -- that can break down and metabolize plastic. The microbe appears to have evolved a pair of enzymes it uses to break down polyethylene terephthalate or PET, the most common thermoplastic polymer resin in consumer products.
- Russian scientists announce they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica.
- New data suggests that the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the World Ocean, is home to a large amount of bacterial life forms.
- Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the University of Michigan announce a breakthrough to fight bacteria by developing a technique that neutralizes the ability of bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics.
- The U.S. Kroger supermarket chain recalls its "Southern-Style" and "Mustard" potato salads due to concerns over "E. coli" bacteria.
- American scientists identify a new strain of potentially lethal bacteria called "Bartonella rochalimae".
- An article in the journal "Science" reports that a new naturally occurring amino acid has been found in a certain type of archaic bacteria. Scientists are calling this new amino acid Pyrrolysine.