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Tracing a Virus’s Past to Predict its Future

By | June 26, 2014

As chikungunya spreads across the Caribbean, researchers work to determine the virus’s next steps and understand its evolving partnership with mosquitoes.


image: Mining the Mouth’s Many Microbes

Mining the Mouth’s Many Microbes

By | June 18, 2014

The oral cavity contains several distinct and dynamic microbial communities, and some of these commensals may seed the body’s other microbiomes.


image: To Finish Off Polio

To Finish Off Polio

By | June 17, 2014

Along with vaccination, antiviral drugs could play a key role in the eradication of poliovirus, but it’s unclear whether today’s candidate therapies will withstand the challenges of the clinic.


image: Microbes of the Skin

Microbes of the Skin

By | June 13, 2014

Human skin, the barrier between the body and the outside world, is home to diverse microorganisms, some of which can promote immunity or fight invaders.


image: Breathing Life into Lung Microbiome Research

Breathing Life into Lung Microbiome Research

By | June 9, 2014

Although it’s far less populated than the mouth community that helps feed it, researchers increasingly appreciate the role of the lung microbiome in respiratory health.


image: Parsing the Penis Microbiome

Parsing the Penis Microbiome

By | May 29, 2014

Circumcision and sexual activity are but two factors that can influence the bacterial communities that inhabit male genitalia.


image: Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina

Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina

By | May 19, 2014

The overly simplistic notion of a Lactobacillus-dominated vaginal microbiome is giving way to an appreciation of diverse and dynamic bacterial communities.


image: Visualizing the Ocular Microbiome

Visualizing the Ocular Microbiome

By | May 12, 2014

Researchers are beginning to study in depth the largely uncharted territory of the eye’s microbial composition.

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image: The Many Mysteries of MERS

The Many Mysteries of MERS

By | September 8, 2013

As researchers test a treatment for Middle East respiratory syndrome, the deadly coronavirus that causes it slowly reveals itself.



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