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Frisky Fruit Flies

By | November 5, 2013

Researchers show that Drosophila females upregulate an immune gene for protection against sexually transmitted infections before copulation.

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It’s in the Genes

By | October 24, 2013

Researchers find strong correlations between the composition of the human microbiome and genetic variation in immune-related pathways.


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Drug Widens Immunity to Flu

By | October 20, 2013

An immune suppressive drug can unexpectedly help immunized mice fight off many strains of flu.


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Secret Botulism Paper Published

By | October 18, 2013

The discovery of a new form of the deadly botulinum toxin gets published, but its sequence is kept under wraps until an antidote is developed.


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Fossilized Mosquito Blood Meal

By | October 14, 2013

Researchers have discovered a 46-million-year-old female mosquito containing the remnants of the insect’s final blood meal.

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Week in Review: October 7–11

By | October 11, 2013

Nobels awarded for vesicle trafficking and computational chemistry; building 3-D microbial communities; mislabeled microbes cause retractions


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Behavior Brief

By | October 8, 2013

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research


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Building 3-D Microbial Communities

By | October 7, 2013

Researchers apply a 3-D printing technique to structure populations of bacteria in a three-dimensional environment.


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Biofuel Mimicry

By | October 1, 2013

Could the fungus-gardening activities of leafcutter ants teach humans how to produce sustainable biofuels?


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Gardener's Delight

By | October 1, 2013

See the complex symbiosis going on between fungus, ants, and bacteria within a leafcutter anthill.

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