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The Age-Old Fight Against Antibiotics

By | August 31, 2011

Researchers find antibiotic resistance genes in 30,000-year-old bacteria, suggesting such resistance is not a modern phenomenon.

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Black Death Pathogen Extinct?

By | August 29, 2011

The Yersinia pestis strain extracted from the bones of Black Death victims may no longer exist.

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Beer Yeast Identified

By | August 23, 2011

A new yeast species found in Patagonia appears to be the missing half of the long-used lager yeast.

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Fair Trade at Plant Roots

By | August 11, 2011

Plant and fungal symbionts swap more resources with partners that provide a greater return of nutrients.

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Next Generation: Hundreds of Cell-Analyses at Once

By | August 11, 2011

A new microfluidics chip lets researchers analyze the nucleic acids of 300 individual cells simultaneously.

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Arsenic-Based Life, Open to Critique

By | August 10, 2011

A researcher is repeating the controversial experiments that suggested a bacterium used arsenic rather than phosphorus in its DNA—with the world watching.

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Schizophrenia Genetics Revealed

By | August 8, 2011

Researchers identify new mutations in schizophrenia patients without a family history of the disease.

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Baruj Benacerraf Dies

By | August 3, 2011

The Nobel Prize winner who discovered the gene that encodes the major histocompatibility complex passes away at age 90.

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Harmful Bacterial Metabolites

By | August 1, 2011

Gut bacteria that feed on healthy food appear to amplify the nutritional benefits of those foods. However, they also appear to amplify the undesirable effects of unhealthy food. 

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Personalized Athletics

By | August 1, 2011

Motivated by a career-ending ligament tear, a former NFL player starts a company to test athletes' genetic predispositions to common sports injuries.

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