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Bacteriophage Boom?

By | September 29, 2014

Researchers are putting a fresh crop of phage-based products to agricultural and medical use, on farms and in early-stage clinical trials.

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Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity

By | September 23, 2014

Lengthy stints in intensive care units pare down patients’ gut microflora, a study shows.

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President Vows to Protect Antibiotics

By | September 19, 2014

A new national strategy to combat antibiotic resistance aims to improve diagnostic testing, disease surveillance, and the prevention of inappropriate antibiotic use.

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Shark Skin-Like Surface Fights MRSA

By | September 17, 2014

Surfaces covered in a micropattern mimicking the ridges of shark skin could reduce the spread of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other superbugs in hospitals.

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Small Molecule Superstore

By | September 15, 2014

An analysis of bacterial sequences from the Human Microbiome Project has uncovered thousands of biosynthetic gene clusters.

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Subglacial Ecosystem

By | August 22, 2014

Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.

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Viral Demise of an Algal Bloom

By | August 21, 2014

Marine viruses may be key players in the death of massive algal blooms that emerge in the ocean, a study shows.

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A measure moving through the California legislature requires farmers to obtain a prescription to administer antibiotics to livestock.

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Microbes in a Tar Pit

By | August 8, 2014

Microdroplets of water in a natural asphalt lake are home to active microbial life, a study shows.

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Metagenomics Mash-Up

By | August 1, 2014

A tour of the newest software and strategies for analyzing microbial and viral communities

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