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Microbial Awakening

By | November 1, 2012

Successive awakening of soil microbes drives a huge pulse of CO2 following the first rain after a dry summer.

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Omega-3s: Fishing for a Mechanism

By | November 1, 2012

Despite abundant evidence supporting their ability to help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the therapeutic effectiveness of fish oil–derived fatty acids remains controversial.


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Exit Strategy

By | November 1, 2012

Large RNA-protein packets use a novel mechanism to escape the cell nucleus.


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Fair Flu Viruses Closely Matched

By | October 30, 2012

A study finds that the genomes of swine and human flu viruses associated with a county fair in Ohio are almost perfectly matched, suggesting interspecies transmission.


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Bacterial Cocktail Treats Infection

By | October 29, 2012

Mice fed a mix of six strains of bacteria were able to fight a C. difficile infection that causes deadly diarrhea and is resistant to most types of treatment.


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mRNA Not Equal in All Cells

By | October 26, 2012

Scientists identify a false assumption of standard gene expression analyses that could lead to the reappraisal of many prior studies.


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Electrical Bacteria

By | October 25, 2012

Individuals of a newly discovered microbe species line up end-to-end to form electron transport cables many times their length.


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Eggs Trade Genes

By | October 24, 2012

Swapping chromosomes from one human egg to another could eliminate mitochondrial DNA mutations that cause disease.


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Cranking Up Biosecurity

By | October 24, 2012

The federal government tightens regulations on SARS and other deadly viruses, but the changes could hamper research.


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Genomic Methylation Collector

By | October 22, 2012

A parasitic worm accumulates epigenetic DNA tags over its lifetime.  

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