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When Stop Means Go

By Ruth Williams | May 22, 2014

A survey of trillions of base pairs of microbial DNA reveals a considerable degree of stop codon reassignment.

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Microbe’s Diversity Is Vast, Ancient

By Kerry Grens | 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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Bacteria’s Role in Bowel Cancer

By Ashley P. Taylor | March 3, 2014

The development of serrated polyps depends on bacteria present in the gut, a mouse study shows.  

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How a Microbe Resists Its Own Antibiotics

By Jef Akst | February 20, 2014

Researchers reveal the molecular mechanisms of Streptomyces platensis’s defense from its own antibiotics, which inhibit fatty acid synthesis in other microbes.

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Settlement Signal

By Abby Olena | January 9, 2014

A marine bacterium generates contractile structures that are essential for the metamorphosis of a tubeworm.

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Tracking Fecal Transplants

By Tracy Vence | November 26, 2013

A long-term study confirms transplants of stool microbes from healthy donors can successfully clear recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.

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Next Generation: Bactericidal Surface

By Jef Akst | November 26, 2013

A synthetic material covered in nano-spikes resembling those found on insect wings is an effective killer of diverse microbes.

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Thwarting Persistence

By Abby Olena | November 13, 2013

Researchers show that activating an endogenous protease can eliminate bacterial persisters.

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It’s in the Genes

By Jef Akst | 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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Building 3-D Microbial Communities

By Jef Akst | October 7, 2013

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

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