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Playing the Field

By | December 1, 2012

The role of field biologists is changing as conservation biology evolves and ecological challenges mount.

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The Plastic Genome

By | December 1, 2012

The poxvirus stockpiles genes when it needs to adapt.

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Art Through the Nose

By | November 29, 2012

A new show at New York’s Museum of Art and Design celebrates olfaction and the science behind modern perfume making.

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Opinion: Learning from Transcriptomes

By | November 28, 2012

In the largest microbial eukaryote genetic sequencing effort ever attempted, researchers are investigating the transcriptomes of 700 marine algae species.

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Microbial Life Beneath the Ice

By | November 27, 2012

Researchers uncover a diverse microbial community living beneath 27 meters of ice in Antarctica’s Lake Vida.

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Opinion: Talking Genomics

By | November 13, 2012

The crucial importance of language in the debate over the regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests

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Navel Bugs

By | November 12, 2012

A new study reveals a large mix of microbes in most human belly buttons.  

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Setback for Malaria Vaccine

By | November 9, 2012

The malaria vaccine under development by GSK and the PATH initiative only protects about one in three babies, though some researchers say those odds are better than nothing.

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Epigenetics Armed German E. coli

By | November 9, 2012

The 2011 outbreak in Germany that caused some 50 deaths was caused by a strain of E. coli with a complex mechanism of gene regulation.

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Extra Vaccine Halts Mumps Outbreak

By | November 8, 2012

A third dose of the MMR vaccine given during an intense outbreak appears to have provided herd-immunity to control the spread of the disease.

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