NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – By getting airmass samples from a DC-8 flown high above land and the ocean, researchers led by Konstantinos Konstantinidis, an assistant professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today that a significant portion of particles found in the troposphere are bacteria.

Those bacteria may aid in cloud and ice formation and precipitation, as well as possibly serving as a means for bacterial dispersal, including of pathogenic bacteria, the study authors said.

Get the full story

This story is free
for registered users

Registering provides access to this and other free content.

Register now.

Already have an account?
Login Now.

In Genome Research this week: multiplex genotyping of germline and somatic short tandem repeats, graph-based regularization, and more.

A lack of funding may lead more than two dozen research facilities in Australia to shut down in three months.

Researchers report that paternally inherited genes are more likely to be expressed in mice.

In PNAS this week: Akt3 amplification in glioma progression, Tibetan Plateau frog genome, and more.