Some Wrinkles in Time

Today is another milestone for the E. coli long-term evolution experiment—the LTEE, for short. I did the 10,000th daily transfer today at about noon. [Yours truly, doing the 10,000th LTEE transfers. Technician Neerja Hajela is keeping a close eye on me, and with good reason. Photo by Thomas LaBar.] Some of you will remember we …

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17th Century Bacteria?

  Nine months ago, we posted about these jars of water (http://msulconservationlab.tumblr.com/post/108193028342/this-row-of-jars-shows-how-much-discoloration) which hold samples from each subsequent washing of a book printed in the 1600s (http://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b2150582~S23a). I was making my merry way through the lab the other day when I noticed something growing in Jar 1. GROWING, you guys.  I fear we have awakened an ancient …

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Eppur Si Muove

Over the break, I watched a couple of episodes of The West Wing including one about political attacks on science called Eppur Si Muove. It reminded me – a lot – of an experience that I had 20 years ago, back in 1995. As in that episode, I received a phone call while at work that began …

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Bacteria Aid Social Communication

Twitter may limit humans to 140 characters, but a just-as-brief scent post can convey an encyclopedia of information about the animals that left them. MSU BEACONites Kevin Theis and Kay Holecamp studied multiple groups of male and female spotted and striped hyenas in Kenya and found that “when hyenas leave paste deposits on grass, the …

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Keep Climbing…

It’s great to know you’ll never hit your peak — fitness peak, that is. Bacteria in MSU BEACONite Richard Lenski’s Michigan State University lab are still growing ‘fitter’ even after 58,000 generations — and 25 years! — of living in the same, simple environment. In a recent paper published in Science, Michael Wiser, lead author …

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Dealing Drugs

Not that I’m keen on sharing my personal issues here in the Thornapple Blog, but I’m sitting here in Michigan writing this week’s entry when I had intended to be on my way back home from a mid-semester trip to Japan. I’m not feeling all that poorly, but I have been running the gamut of …

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