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Polymerase Pieces

By | December 1, 2014

Researchers discover a new subunit of a bacterial RNA polymerase—as well as hints of its potential role in defending against viruses.

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Lyme Disease Discoverer Dies

By | November 24, 2014

Willy Burgdorfer, the medical entomologist who first found the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, has passed away at age 89.

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Mother’s Microbes Protect Baby’s Brain

By | November 19, 2014

Bacteria in the gut of a pregnant mouse strengthen the blood-brain barrier of her developing fetus.

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Stems Cells Ushered into Embryonic Development

By | November 7, 2014

The right mix of mouse embryonic stem cells in a dish will start forming early embryonic patterns, according to two studies.

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Deep-Sea Detox

By | October 21, 2014

Unique chemistry allows microbes to strip pollutants of halogen atoms, a study shows.

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Virtual Reaction

By | October 20, 2014

A computer simulation could predict antibiotic resistance.

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New Genes = New Archaea?

By | October 15, 2014

Genes acquired from bacteria contributed to the origins of archaeal lineages, a large-scale phylogenetic analysis suggests.

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Speaking of Vision Science

By | October 1, 2014

October 2014's selection of notable quotes

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Recruiting Anthrax to Oncology

By | September 26, 2014

In the latest development in trying to use Bacillus anthracis to kill cancer, researchers send “antibody mimics” inside tumor cells.

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Pneumonia-Causing Bacteria Poke Holes in Heart

By | September 18, 2014

Microlesions in heart muscle may contribute to cardiac complications in elderly patients, a study shows.

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