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Nanobombs Terminate Foodborne Microbes

By Nsikan Akpan | March 5, 2015

Researchers engineer water nanostructures to wipe out pathogens that can spoil food and pose health risks.

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GMO “Kill Switches”

By Kerry Grens | January 21, 2015

Scientists design bacteria reliant upon synthetic amino acids to contain genetically modified organisms.

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Virus Protects Mouse Gut

By Tracy Vence | November 19, 2014

A murine norovirus appears to recover some of the functions of commensal bacteria in the guts of germ-free or antibiotic-treated mice.

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DNA Extraction Kits Contaminated

By Kerry Grens | November 11, 2014

Sequencing study reveals low levels of microbes in lab reagents that can create big problems for some microbiome studies.

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Soil Microbiome of Central Park

By Jef Akst | September 30, 2014

Nearly 600 soil samples from New York City’s famous park reveal that the urban environment harbors just as much biodiversity as natural ecosystems across the globe.

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Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity

By Molly Sharlach | September 23, 2014

Lengthy stints in intensive care units pare down patients’ gut microflora, a study shows.

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Viral Demise of an Algal Bloom

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 21, 2014

Marine viruses may be key players in the death of massive algal blooms that emerge in the ocean, a study shows.

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“Mucho” Ado About Nothing?

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 15, 2014

Linking a mold identified in a sample of recalled yogurt to consumer-reported illnesses may be premature, scientists say.

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Re-examining Rots

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | June 23, 2014

Fungi that digest wood in novel ways could fuel new avenues of research on cellulosic ethanol, and suggest a need to move beyond traditional classification systems.  

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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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