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Live-Action Networks

By | October 1, 2012

Mass spec plus novel software equals dynamic views into the chemical lives of microbes.

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Lamarck and the Missing Lnc

By | October 1, 2012

Epigenetic changes accrued over an organism’s lifetime may leave a permanent heritable mark on the genome, through the help of long noncoding RNAs.

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Cystic Fibrosis Alters Microbiome?

By | September 28, 2012

The microbiome of the lung is different in patients with the disease, which causes a thick buildup of mucus that makes breathing difficult.

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Evolving Dependence

By | September 27, 2012

Scientists unravel the confusing molecular biology behind a fruit fly’s reliance on a single type of cactus.

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Outbreak Watch

By | September 26, 2012

International health officials are monitoring a new respiratory virus that has killed one person and left another in critical condition.

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Surprise XMRV Retraction

By | September 21, 2012

The journal PLOS Pathogens abruptly retracts the seminal paper linking XMRV to disease.

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NIH Clinic Outbreak Kills Again

By | September 20, 2012

A seventh patient succumbs to a deadly, drug-resistant superbug terrorizing the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

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Beating Drug-Resistant TB

By | September 19, 2012

Reinvestigating a natural antibiotic compound reveals its potential as a tuberculosis drug.

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Opinion: Eliminating Meningitis

By | September 17, 2012

Many vaccines are on the market for various serogroups of meningococcal disease, but a solution to provide broad protection against MenB remains elusive.

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Ants Select Better Microbes

By | September 14, 2012

Researchers identified the 3-step process leaf-cutter ants use to grow helpful bacteria on their bodies.

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