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Incorporating Soil Microbes in Climate Change Models

By | September 23, 2014

Without a solid understanding of how the soil microbiome contributes to atmospheric carbon, researchers are struggling to determine whether dirt-dwelling bacteria could impact—and be impacted by—climate change.

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Persistent Pertussis

By | September 17, 2014

An altered vaccine and parents opting-out of inoculations have contributed to ongoing outbreaks across the U.S.

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The ALS Association has raised more than $100 million in donations through a charity campaign that went viral. How should that money be spent?

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Concerns Raised Online Linger

By | August 25, 2014

Users of post-publication peer review forums like PubPeer often question perceived inaccuracies in scientific papers. Are the journals that published those papers paying attention?

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Alzheimer’s in the Blood

By | July 23, 2014

Researchers are on a mission to identify blood-borne biomarkers for dementia. Will this year’s high-profile successes pave the way?

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DNA Ancestry for All

By | July 10, 2014

Big ad campaigns and celebrity involvement have helped increase public interest in genetic genealogy, but helping consumers understand their DNA ancestry testing results remains difficult.

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Banking on iPSCs

By | June 30, 2014

A flurry of induced pluripotent stem cell banks are coming online, but they face significant business challenges.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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