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Flooding Rivers with Resistance

By | October 18, 2012

A river system in Colorado contains high concentrations of antibiotic resistance genes in areas close to water-treatment plants.


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Sniffing Out TB

By | October 18, 2012

An African rat helps detect tuberculosis in Tanzania, prompting the Mozambique government to pursue a similar project.


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Epigenetic Enigmas

By | October 17, 2012

Overturning previous studies, a peculiar protozoan mysteriously uses a DNA-markup system to take out the genetic trash.   

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A Parasite’s Parasites

By | October 15, 2012

French scientists identify a new giant virus, which carries the genome of a smaller virus and a new breed of mobile DNA.


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Mites Remember Enemies, Fight Back

By | October 12, 2012

Mites that were attacked by rival species as juveniles attack the young of their former assailants more frequently when they reach adulthood.


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SIV and the Expanding Virome

By | October 11, 2012

Monkeys infected with simian immunodeficiency virus have a higher diversity of gut viruses, pointing to a possible role of the virome in SIV pathogenesis.


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G-Protein Receptor Work Wins Nobel

By | October 10, 2012

Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka take home this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry for revealing how membrane receptors sense and respond to chemical signals.

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Has Science Outgrown the Nobels?

By | October 10, 2012

Amid Nobel Prize announcements this week, critics find awarding individuals in specific disciplines at odds with today’s interdisciplinary, team-led research.  


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Typhoid Vaccine Recalled

By | October 10, 2012

An estimated 700,000 people immunized against typhoid may not be fully protected.


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Cracking Down on Vaccinations

By | October 9, 2012

A handful of US states are enacting laws that make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children against infectious diseases.



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