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Lost Colonies

By | October 1, 2015

Next-generation sequencing has identified scores of new microorganisms, but getting even abundant bacterial species to grow in the lab has proven challenging.

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Mislabeled Genomes to be Fixed

By | September 29, 2015

Conference elicits buzz about the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s efforts to clean up genome entries.         

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Early Hominin Hearing

By | September 29, 2015

Based on the structure of fossilized skulls and ear bones, researchers learn that early hominins heard sounds best between the frequencies that humans and chimpanzees do.

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Local Microbes Give Wine Character

By | September 24, 2015

Yeast strains from different regions of New Zealand generate wines with varying chemistries.

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Skin Microbes Help Clear Infection

By | September 16, 2015

In a small study, researchers find a link between an individual’s skin microbiome and the ability to clear a bacterial infection. 

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Traditional Medicine for Leishmaniasis

By | September 14, 2015

A plant used in traditional Mayan remedies to cure the parasitic infection produces a potent compound.

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Another Ancient Giant Virus Discovered

By | September 14, 2015

From the same Siberian permafrost where three others were previously discovered, scientists find a fourth type of giant virus.

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Behind the H. naledi Find

By | September 10, 2015

See scientists at work near the site where a new Homo species was recently found.

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New Homo Species Found

By | September 10, 2015

Researchers describe H. naledi, an ancient human ancestor of unknown age that may have buried its dead.

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Telltale Mouth Microbes

By | September 9, 2015

The composition of the plaque microbiome can reveal a child’s risk of dental caries months before the decay appears, according to a study.

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