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Scorpion Venom Kills MRSA

By | July 12, 2012

Peptides extracted from scorpion venom fights off drug-resistant bacterial infections in mice.

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Microbial Menagerie

By | June 13, 2012

A massive study catalogues the microbes in the healthy human body, uncovering an unexpected level of individual variation in microbial makeup, among other surprises.

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The Fungus Among Us

By | June 11, 2012

Researchers find a slew of new fungal species inhabiting the human gut, and suggest a link to an inflammatory bowel disease.

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Bacterial-Mineral Electrical Grids

By | June 4, 2012

Different microbe species can cooperate via electric currents, with the help of conductive minerals in the sediment.

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Live Slow, Die Old

By | May 17, 2012

Ancient bacteria living in deep-sea sediments are alive—but with metabolisms so slow that it’s hard to tell.

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Bacterial Computing?

By | May 9, 2012

Researchers coax bacteria to produce tiny magnets and electrical wires that may be used to build advanced electronics.

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Bacterial Insecticide Resistance

By | April 23, 2012

By cultivating detoxifying bacteria in its gut, a pest called the bean bug can become instantly resistant to a common insecticide.

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Zooming into Life

By | February 16, 2012

Teenagers create a program that lets viewers compare the sizes of things on earth and in space.

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C. diff Infection Source Unclear

By | February 7, 2012

Only a quarter of Clostridium difficile infections in one hospital system were traced to contact with a symptomatic patient.

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Federal Biosecurity Panel Speaks

By | February 1, 2012

The US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity explains why it recommended redacting the details of studies reporting on a highly transmissible H5N1 strain.

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