An alternative interpretation of nanobacteria-induced biomineralization

John O. Cisar, De-Qi Xu, John Thompson, William Swaim, Lan Hu, Dennis J. Kopecko, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

This PNAS Microbiology scholarly paper discusses alternative explanations for "nanobe structures" found in the human body that are thought to contribute to tooth and arterial plaque. Their findings contest studies that claim to have cultured nanobacteria, claiming that their laboratory colonies are indistinguishable from a common contaminant. The full text article may require a subscription to PNAS.

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Subject: Biology:Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology:Microbiology and Health, Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Culturing Methods
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Mineralogy
Topics: Biosphere:Microbiology, Microbiology and Health, Methods of Microbiology:Culturing Methods, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biosphere:Molecular Biology, Methods of Microbiology:Molecular Methods