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Lost Colonies

By | October 1, 2015

Next-generation sequencing has identified scores of new microorganisms, but getting even abundant bacterial species to grow in the lab has proven challenging.

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Sex Differences in the Brain

By | October 1, 2015

How male and female brains diverge is a hotly debated topic, but the study of model organisms points to differences that cannot be ignored.

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People Emit Unique Microbial Clouds

By | September 23, 2015

DNA sequencing reveals personalized microbe communities in the air surrounding participants in a small study.

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Skin Microbes Help Clear Infection

By | September 16, 2015

In a small study, researchers find a link between an individual’s skin microbiome and the ability to clear a bacterial infection. 

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Genetics, Immunity, and the Microbiome

By | September 16, 2015

The makeup of an individual’s microbiome correlates with genetic variation in immunity-related pathways, a study shows.

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Telltale Mouth Microbes

By | September 9, 2015

The composition of the plaque microbiome can reveal a child’s risk of dental caries months before the decay appears, according to a study.

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Whaling Specimens, 1930s

By | September 1, 2015

Fetal specimens collected by commercial whalers offer insights into how whales may have evolved their specialized hearing organs.

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The Great Big Clean-Up

By | September 1, 2015

From tossing out cross-contaminated cell lines to flagging genomic misnomers, a push is on to tidy up biomedical research.

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How Fats Influence the Microbiome

By | August 27, 2015

Mice fed a diet high in saturated fat show shifts in their gut microbes and develop obesity-related inflammation.

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Q&A: Placental Ponderings

By | August 27, 2015

Biologist Christopher Coe answers readers’ questions about the prescient organ.

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