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Staying in Touch

By | January 1, 2013

Searching for life beyond our teeming planet has led to some innovative collaborative approaches to generating knowledge right here at home.

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Soil Bacteria May “Eat” Antibiotics

By | December 10, 2012

Long-term exposure to antibiotics from agricultural run off may encourage the evolution of soil bacteria that break down and consume the antibacterial agents.

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Opinion: Evolving CO2-Hungry Crops

By , and | December 4, 2012

Breeding plants that can convert more carbon dioxide to food could help feed a growing population.

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How Plants Feel

By | December 1, 2012

A hormone called jasmonate mediates plants' responses to touch and can boost defenses against pests.

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The Plastic Genome

By | December 1, 2012

The poxvirus stockpiles genes when it needs to adapt.

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Opinion: Learning from Transcriptomes

By | November 28, 2012

In the largest microbial eukaryote genetic sequencing effort ever attempted, researchers are investigating the transcriptomes of 700 marine algae species.

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Microbial Life Beneath the Ice

By | November 27, 2012

Researchers uncover a diverse microbial community living beneath 27 meters of ice in Antarctica’s Lake Vida.

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Ancient Butterball

By | November 21, 2012

The star of Thanksgiving was domesticated by Mayans 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

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Coconut Gene Bank Threatened

By | November 13, 2012

A deadly bacterial disease is knocking at the door of a crucial collection of coconut palms in Papua New Guinea.

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Navel Bugs

By | November 12, 2012

A new study reveals a large mix of microbes in most human belly buttons.  

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