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Secret Genome Meeting

By | May 16, 2016

A closed-door gathering at Harvard last week hosted researchers talking about synthesizing entire genomes, including that of humans. 

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Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome

By | May 9, 2016

A drug that singles out Staphylococcus aureus leaves gut-dwelling microbiota largely intact, a mouse study shows.

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Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured

By | May 4, 2016

Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.

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Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species

By | May 4, 2016

A new analysis of microbial data estimates that the world is home to 1 trillion species—of which only 0.001 percent have been discovered.

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Becoming Acculturated

By | May 1, 2016

Techniques for deep dives into the microbial dark matter

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Microbial Ice-Makers

By | April 26, 2016

How one bacterium turns water into ice at nonfreezing temperatures

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Probing Autism Genetics

By | April 25, 2016

A new research initiative aims to analyze DNA from 50,000 people with autism.

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Human Embryos Genetically Edited Again

By | April 11, 2016

For the second time, researchers use CRISPR to modify the genomes of nonviable embryos.

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Genetic Resilience

By | April 11, 2016

An analysis of the genomes of nearly 600,000 healthy individuals reveals a handful of people who appear resistant to certain genetic disorders.

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Branching Out

By | April 11, 2016

Researchers create a new tree of life, largely composed of mystery bacteria.

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