Microbiology: Shirts, shoes, and even magazines—all from a petri dish.
By Cliff RansomPosted 03.27.2002 at 1:17 pm 0 Comments
Shirts, shoes, and even magazines—all from a petri dish. Sound weird? Not to scientists at the University of Texas at Austin. Botanist R. Malcolm Brown and graduate student David R. Nobles have found that nine species of some of the oldest organisms on the planet called cyanobacteria naturally secrete cellulose—an essential component of all sorts of materials, including paper and fabric.