Brian Hedlund In The News

Profile: Brian Hedlund

November 14, 2018
Brian Hedlund and Ariel Friel collect microbes living for tens of thousands of years in the subsurface of the earth. By studying these microorganisms, they hope to gain clues about potential life on Mars and other planets.
November 27, 2017
For eons humans have gazed into the heavens and pondered the mysteries of the universe.
November 20, 2017
In Northern Nevada’s Great Boiling Spring, strange microscopic creatures thrive in water hot enough to kill you.
New Scientist
June 23, 2016
Parasitic bacteria that are entirely dependent on the other bacteria they infect have been discovered for the first time, in human spit. The tiny cells have gone undetected for decades, but appear to be linked to gum disease, cystic fibrosis and antimicrobial resistance.
January 27, 2016
Although global microbial populations are orders of magnitude larger than nearly any other population in, on or around the planet, only a fraction has been identified thus far.
September 21, 2015
We spend much of our lives trying to avoid bacteria — washing our hands, squirting hand sanitizer and taking courses of antibiotics. But what about the countless bacteria that live within us every day?
June 15, 2015
The mysterious and diverse world of bacteria just got its very own expansion pack. A total of 35 new groups, or phyla, of bacteria have been discovered in groundwater in Rifle, Colorado. The finding will likely add a bunch of new species to the tree of life — species that are quite different from other bacteria, scientists note. But here's what's really remarkable: the number of new bacterial groups is almost the same as the number of known animal phyla on Earth. We were always outnumbered, but you still might want to let the magnitude of this discovery sink in.