Category: Research Articles

Microscopic vampire amoebas are swarming everywhere

Single-celled bloodsuckers called vampyrellids creep through the soil beneath your feet Source: Microscopic vampire amoebas are swarming everywhere

Invasion of coral endosymbionts

This article by Pettay et al. provides evidence that the coral endosymbiont Symbiodinium trenchii is present in Carribean corals.  While the corals can tolerate higher temperature, calcification rates in corals harboring S. trenchii are lower than those harboring the native endosymbiont. Article Abstract

Evolution of Mammalian Diving Capacity Traced by Myoglobin Net Surface Charge

This article in Science examines the molecular evolution of myoglobin and in particular changes that result in differences in the net surface charge of the protein.  Increases in net surface charge allow for increased oxygen storage while protecting protein stability. 

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