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Microbiome Influences

By | April 22, 2014

Researchers find that gender, education level, and breastfeeding can affect humans’ commensal microbial communities.

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Dermatologically Derived

By | April 1, 2014

Inspired by turkey skin, researchers devise a bacteriophage-based sensor whose color changes upon binding specific molecules.

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Virus Continues to Plague Midwest

By | March 28, 2014

Researchers identify six new cases of the tick-borne Heartland virus in Missouri and Tennessee.

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Gut Microbes Gobble Cocoa

By | March 19, 2014

Commensal bacteria that populate the human gastrointestinal tract help digest dark chocolate, releasing anti-inflammatory compounds, researchers report.

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Week in Review: March 3–7

By | March 7, 2014

The gene behind a butterfly’s mimicry; the evolution of adipose fins; bacteria and bowel cancer; plants lacking plastid genomes

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Ancient Giant Virus Discovered

By | March 4, 2014

A new species of giant virus discovered in the Siberian permafrost, where it’s been buried for 30,000 years, is reincarnated in the lab.

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Bacteria’s Role in Bowel Cancer

By | March 3, 2014

The development of serrated polyps depends on bacteria present in the gut, a mouse study shows.  

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Early Evidence

By | March 1, 2014

Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.

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Viruses Reconsidered

By | March 1, 2014

The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.  

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The Scientist on The Pulse #5

By | February 26, 2014

Bee virus spreads, blight-reistant potato, OCD in dogs

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