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Mother’s Microbes Protect Baby’s Brain

By | November 19, 2014

Bacteria in the gut of a pregnant mouse strengthen the blood-brain barrier of her developing fetus.

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Virus Protects Mouse Gut

By | November 19, 2014

A murine norovirus appears to recover some of the functions of commensal bacteria in the guts of germ-free or antibiotic-treated mice.

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Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars

By | November 19, 2014

Researchers discover a densovirus that is strongly associated with sea star wasting disease.

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Sealed With a Kiss

By | November 17, 2014

A single intimate smooch can transfer upwards of 80 million bacteria.

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Week in Review: November 10–14

By | November 14, 2014

Funding for African science; microbiome studies may have contamination worries; mind-controlled gene expression; DNA record keeper

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DNA Extraction Kits Contaminated

By | November 11, 2014

Sequencing study reveals low levels of microbes in lab reagents that can create big problems for some microbiome studies.

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Stems Cells Ushered into Embryonic Development

By | November 7, 2014

The right mix of mouse embryonic stem cells in a dish will start forming early embryonic patterns, according to two studies.

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Travelers to West Africa Banned from Conference

By | October 31, 2014

Louisiana state health officials ask anyone who has visited Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea in the past 21 days to skip next week’s meeting on tropical diseases in New Orleans.

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Chikungunya Transmission in France

By | October 24, 2014

The World Health Organization reports four locally acquired cases of the virus in the country.

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Ebola Scare in DC

By | October 17, 2014

The Scientist senior editor, Jef Akst, is communicating via cell phone with her parents, who were on the bus briefly occupied by an ill woman who was later escorted by hazmat teams to the hospital.

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