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Robin Tecon
I am a research scientist specialized in environmental bacteriology
I am a research scientist specialized in environmental bacteriology

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Cooperation shapes the spatial patterns of bacterial organization
Cooperative bacterial strains colonizing a surface Bacteria colonize surfaces in all environments. That could be the surfaces of soil aggregates, of rocks in a stream bed, of plant leaves, of animal skin, or that could be the surface of your showerhead... O...

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Symplasmata: a curious case of multicellularity in bacteria
Cells in a symplasmatum and surrounded by a capsule, seen with transmission electron microscopy. ' Curiouser
and curiouser’ , famously said Lewis Carrol’s Alice, as she was experiencing some very
peculiar events in Wonderland. I have sometimes felt like Ali...

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Principles of Microbial Diversity, by James Brown
Published by ASM Press A new textbook on microbial diversity has just been published by ASM Press. Principles of Microbial Diversity is a relatively thin textbook (392 pages) that is intended for undergraduate students who need to follow a course on microbi...

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Mining soil for new antibiotics
Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus . Photo NIAID The beginning of 2015 brought (potentially) good news for medicine: the discovery of a new antibiotic - teixobactin - isolated from soil bacteria. This result was published in Nature on January 22 . (Unfortun...

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The Logic of Life, by François Jacob
The Logic of Life ( La logique du vivant ) opens with the following quote by the French philosopher and Enlightenment figure Denis Diderot: "Do you see this egg? It's with it that one overturns all theological schools and all temples on Earth". [All transla...

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The debate over influenza research is still on
H5N1 virion. Photo Cynthia Goldsmith/Jackie Katz Two years
ago, a controversy emerged about the research on influenza virus H5N1, and the
potential risk associated with it. This controversy followed the publication of
two research articles in Science and Na...

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Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif
‘ Microbe Hunters’ , as I have often been told, is a classic reading
in microbiology—one of those books that can inspire the beginning of a career.
In this book, written in 1926, American microbiologist and author Paul de Kruif proposes to acquaint us with ...

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Oceans, bacteria, and the quest for new drugs
A marine sponge of the genus Theonella . Photo by Nick Hobgood . We rely on
natural products in medicine: the vast majority of pharmaceutical drugs are
thus of plant or microbial origin. (The purely synthetic drugs, which have no
counterparts in the environ...

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Communicating science: TED talks
Is it even necessary
to introduce TED talks?...   I guess
everyone has seen at least one of these 18-minute-ish presentations on topics
that deal with (broadly speaking) Technology, Entertainment or Design. These “ideas
worth spreading” (as they are adverti...

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Communicating science in 2014: Public Outreach
October 2013 issue of Science magazine A few
months ago, the magazine Science published a special issue on ‘communication in science’. Indeed, the way
scientists exchange information has evolved considerably in the past decade,
thanks notably to the interne...
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