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The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.

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Image of the Day: Flushing the Gut

By | June 19, 2017

In response to a bacterial infection, an immune signal in mice's guts triggers a molecular cascade that promotes diarrhea, which, researchers demonstrate, is important for ridding them of the bacteria.  

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Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.

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Scientists expand the microbial tree of life by publishing more than 1,000 novel reference genomes.  

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ASM to Discontinue Small Conferences

By | June 6, 2017

Numerous scientists are disappointed with the American Society for Microbiology’s decision, and some are hatching plans to keep the meetings alive.

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Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate

By | June 6, 2017

Advances in microbiome research are increasingly used in anti-vaccination arguments, yet the science actually undermines the premise of the argument.

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Lactobacillus parafarraginis metabolites hindered the growth of multiple, distantly related bacterial pathogens. 

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Researchers are beginning to uncover a link between activity level and the microbial makeup of one’s gut.

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Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

By | May 26, 2017

Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.

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Image of the Day: Root Rave 

By | May 24, 2017

Pea plant (Pisum sativum) roots that have been inoculated with engineered Rhizobia bacteria glow in the presence of certain proteins. 

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