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Anthrax Sent in Error to 86 Labs

By | July 29, 2015

A US Army lab shipped live spores of the deadly bacterium because of improper irradiation protocols, a Department of Defense review has found.

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Imperfect Poultry Vax

By | July 27, 2015

Chickens immunized against Marek’s disease virus are apt to spread more-virulent versions of the pathogen, a study shows.

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NK Cell Diversity and Viral Risk

By | July 22, 2015

A small study links the diversity of a person’s natural killer cell repertoire to risk of HIV infection following exposure to the virus.

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Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness

By | July 22, 2015

In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.

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HHS Partners on Ebola Drug

By | July 22, 2015

The US Department of Health and Human Services will put nearly $20 million toward the development of an Ebola drug as Tekmira steps out of the space.

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GM Mosquito Cuts Wild-Type Numbers

By | July 21, 2015

Release of a transgenic version of Aedes aegypti, a species that can carry dengue virus, decimated a local population of non-mutated mosquitoes, according to a study.

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Underground Immunity

By | July 16, 2015

Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 

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Microbiome Teams Up Against C. diff

By | July 14, 2015

Researchers build a mathematical model that can predict whether a mouse will be infected by Clostridium difficile based on the microbes found in its GI tract.

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Ebola Risk in Liberia?

By | July 7, 2015

Authorities report three cases of Ebola in Liberia, which was declared free of the virus in May.

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Evolution of Kin Discrimination

By | July 6, 2015

A bacterium’s ability to distinguish self from non-self can arise spontaneously, a study shows, reigniting questions of whether the trait can be considered an adaptation.

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