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Volume 553 Number 7686 pp6-114

4 January 2018

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The ability to monitor microbial populations within the gut and other body organs poses significant challenges. In this issue, Mikhail Shapiro and his colleagues tackle this problem and reveal a technique that allows bacteria to be imaged deep inside the body using ultrasound. To achieve this, the team created genetically modified bacteria that express acoustic reporter genes. These genes encode components of gas vesicles — gas-filled nanostructures normally used by water-dwelling photosynthetic organisms to control their buoyancy. These gas vesicles scatter sound waves and so can be detected by ultrasound. The researchers show that populations of modified Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium can be imaged non-invasively within the gastrointestinal tract and in tumours, offering a potential route for studying the microbiome and monitoring cancer progression and therapy. Image: Barth van Rossum for Caltech

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    Two extremely massive galaxies are seen 800 million years after the Big Bang, showing the rapid growth of early structure and marking the most massive halo known in that era.

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