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Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness

By | July 22, 2015

In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.

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HHS Partners on Ebola Drug

By | July 22, 2015

The US Department of Health and Human Services will put nearly $20 million toward the development of an Ebola drug as Tekmira steps out of the space.

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French Teen in HIV Remission

By | July 22, 2015

An 18-year-old who was born with HIV but stopped taking antiretroviral drugs before she turned six has no detectable levels of the virus in her body.

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Genetic Variants Linked to Depression

By | July 20, 2015

Researchers link variations in two genes to cases of major depressive disorder in two large cohorts.

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Underground Immunity

By | July 16, 2015

Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 

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Bone Marrow Makes New Fat Cells

By | July 16, 2015

The origins of adipocytes have been hotly debated, but a human study supports the idea that the bone marrow takes part. 

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Mini Brains Model Autism

By | July 16, 2015

Patient-derived organoids reveal autism spectrum disorder–associated anomalies.

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Calorie-Restricted Yeast Live Longer

By | July 14, 2015

Calorie restriction in the organism extends lifespan, supporting a long-standing view that had been challenged by a study published last year.

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Microbiome Teams Up Against C. diff

By | July 14, 2015

Researchers build a mathematical model that can predict whether a mouse will be infected by Clostridium difficile based on the microbes found in its GI tract.

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Evolution of Kin Discrimination

By | July 6, 2015

A bacterium’s ability to distinguish self from non-self can arise spontaneously, a study shows, reigniting questions of whether the trait can be considered an adaptation.

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