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Sugar Time

By | March 1, 2016

Metabolic activity, not light, drives the circadian clock in cyanobacteria.

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Sighted Microbes

By | February 10, 2016

Photosynthetic cyanobacteria sense light in much the same way as a human eyeball, scientists show.

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Circadian Clock Transplant

By | June 12, 2015

Scientists establish a functional circadian rhythm in bacteria that don’t possess one naturally.

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Sea Otter’s Scourge

By | May 1, 2014

A hidden toxin stalks marine mammals off the coast of California and kills dogs and cats farther inland.

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Dog’s Worst Friend

By | May 1, 2014

US dogs face a deadly threat from algae-spawned toxins lurking in lakes, but there may be an antidote.

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Week in Review: April 21–25

By | April 25, 2014

Evolution of Y chromosome; delivering gene with “bionic ears”; diversity of an important cyanobacterium; charting genome-sequencing progress; blockbuster pharma deals

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Microbe’s Diversity Is Vast, Ancient

By | April 24, 2014

A marine cyanobacterium possesses astounding genomic diversity, yet still organizes into distinct subpopulations that have likely persisted for ages.

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Microbes Expel Swarms of Vesicles

By | January 10, 2014

Scientists present the first evidence that marine cyanobacteria release vesicles—billions and billions of vesicles.

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Genome Digest

By | October 23, 2013

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes  

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Book Excerpt from Cosmic Apprentice

By | August 1, 2013

In Chapter 9, “Life Gave Earth the Blues,” author Dorion Sagan addresses the planet’s exuberant color palette, evoking the contribution of industrious microbes.

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