Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon and collegues have discovered a microorganism that can live and grow entirely off arsenic. It is the first known published research that points to a bacterium that is able to use a normally highly toxic chemical rather than the phosphate to sustain growth and life. Arsenic (As) is directly under Phosphorus (P) in the […]

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Trends

More than 3 years ago I shared a personal story where I  describe my experience with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or RMSF – a condition caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, a species of bacteria that is spread via tick bites. That blog post has become the most commented (178 so far) where people share with the world their horrifying accounts of RMSF. There is a […]

Toxic Waste Eating Bacteria

New research on sulfate-reducing bacteria may offer good news for bioremediation efforts to clean up acid mine drainages and other environments with high levels of harmful metals. Sulfate-reducing bacteria is known to extract metal dissolved in anoxic waters and by isolating it into nanoscale particles. But, the tiny size of these particles (2-6 nm) makes […]

Organic Oxygen

A simple, cheap treatment using just oxygen could allow organic produce growers to store their crops for longer and go a long way towards reducing the price of organic fruit and vegetables. I admit that I am into organic produce but mostly because it tastes better and fresher than the conventionally grown fruits and vegetables […]

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Today, it has been 3 years since I recovered from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or RMSF – a disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, a species of bacteria that is spread by hard ticks. On one hand, it is kind of cool that I had contracted a relatively rare and almost exotic disease (only ~800 reported […]


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