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Focus on the Host

By Tracy Vence | September 18, 2013

A patient response-based gene expression signature can distinguish respiratory infections caused by viruses from those of bacterial or fungal origin.

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Obesity via Microbe Transplants

By Ed Yong | September 5, 2013

Germ-free mice gain weight when transplanted with gut microbes from obese humans, in a diet-dependent manner.

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Decoding Drug-Resistant TB

By Tracy Vence | September 1, 2013

Researchers characterize drug-resistant tuberculosis by analyzing the genomes of more than 500 Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from around the world.

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Eat Less and Live Longer?

By Debamita Chatterjee | August 13, 2013

Mice on a low-calorie diet harbor a distinct population of gut microorganisms that helps prolong life.

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Microbial Diversity

By Ed Yong | July 14, 2013

By sequencing bacterial and archaeal genomes from single cells, scientists have filled in many uncharted branches of the tree of life.

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Gut Microbes for Life

By Ed Yong | July 4, 2013

Most strains of gut microbes stay with us for decades, which may prove useful for tracking our health.

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Protective Phages

By Edyta Zielinska | May 20, 2013

Viruses that attack bacteria may be an important component of our gut microbiota.

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Autism-Lyme Correlation Debunked

By Amy Maxmen | April 30, 2013

Researchers find zero evidence for Lyme-induced autism.

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Microbes Affect Weight Loss

By Ruth Williams | March 27, 2013

Microbial changes in the gut contribute to a patient’s ability to slim down after gastric bypass surgery.

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The Upside of Suicide

By Sabrina Richards | March 20, 2013

Researchers show that a bacterium’s self-sacrifice can benefit its community, even when the members are not strongly related.

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