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Lab Tubes Contaminated with Virus

By | September 20, 2013

A novel virus thought to have come from human samples appears to have been derived from seawater during the manufacture of tubes used to extract DNA.  

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Week in Review: September 2–6

By | September 6, 2013

More than 320,000 mammalian viruses lurk; evolution of echolocation in bats and dolphins; accumulation of mutations in drug-resistant tuberculosis; senior researchers reluctant to retire

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Going Viral

By | September 1, 2013

Bacteriophages shuttle genes between diverse ecosystems.

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Going Viral

By | September 1, 2013

From therapeutics to gene transfer, bacteriophages offer a sustainable and powerful method of controlling microbes.

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Virus Blamed for Dolphin Deaths

By | August 29, 2013

Since July, hundreds of the marine mammals have washed up on mid-Atlantic beaches.

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Bird Flu Spreads Between People

By | August 7, 2013

The H7N9 avian flu strain appears to have been transmitted from human to human for the first time, but its ability to jump between people is limited.

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Bird Flu Experiments Proposed

By | August 7, 2013

In a bid to avoid the controversy that dogged H5N1 research last year, flu researchers have published a letter proposing how to approach potentially dangerous research on H7N9.

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New Giant Viruses Break Records

By | July 22, 2013

Two newly discovered giant viruses are bigger than many bacteria and carry massive and largely unique genomes that hint at new branches of life.

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Gene Expression Flags Fever Source

By | July 16, 2013

Constructing transcriptional profiles from the blood of children with fevers can help determine whether the cause is viral or bacterial.

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image: Week in Review, July 8–12

Week in Review, July 8–12

By | July 12, 2013

Editor accused of fraud leaves post; the good and the bad of gut microbiota; bacterial gene shuffle; legal restrictions hamper illicit drug research; antibodies and autism

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