B a c t e r i a ( s i n g u l a r : b a c t e r i u m ) is a type of biological cell. They constitute a large domain of prokaryotic microorganisms. Typically a few micrometres in length, bacteria have a number of shapes, ranging from spheres to rods and spirals. Bacteria were among the first life forms to appear on Earth, and are present in most of its habitats. Bacteria inhabit soil, water, acidic hot springs, radioactive waste, and the deep portions of Earth's crust. Bacteria also live in symbiotic and parasitic relationships with plants and animals. Most bacteria have not been characterized, and only about half of the bacterial phyla have species that can be grown in the laboratory. The study of bacteria is known as bacteriology, a branch of microbiology. Read more ...
Bacteria found in soil may harbor a potential game-changer for drug design PhysOrg - June 18, 2018
The new study by Scripps Research suggests scientists could build better drugs by learning from bacteria-derived molecules called thiocarboxylic acids. Taking a closer look ...
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