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Long and Rocky Roads

By | November 1, 2012

From basic research to beneficial therapies


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Opinion: Fishy Deaths

By | October 29, 2012

Record fish die-offs in the Midwest call for a fresh look at how humans are disrupting the planet’s essential water cycle.

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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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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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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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Natural-Born Doctors

By | October 23, 2012

Bees, sheep, and chimps are just a few of the animals known to self-medicate. Can they teach us about maintaining our own health?


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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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HIV Evolves Vulnerability

By | October 22, 2012

In mutating to evade immune detection, HIV becomes susceptible to detection by different antibodies, suggesting new strategies for vaccination.


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MRSA on the Loose

By | October 22, 2012

Wild animals are getting and spreading the deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria.   

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Searching for Alien Genomes

By | October 22, 2012

J. Craig Venter plans to develop a machine to find and sequence DNA on Mars, but another genomics mogul, Jonathan Rothberg, may beat him to it.



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