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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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Microbes Thrive in Deepest Ocean

By Sabrina Richards | March 17, 2013

Researchers find remarkably active bacteria in the Mariana Trench, where they live under pressure 1,000 times greater than at the surface.

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Life Below the Seabed

By Ruth Williams | March 14, 2013

Rock samples from deep within the Earth’s oceanic crust contain chemosynthetic microbial life.

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Algae Get Help to Go to Extremes

By Sabrina Richards | March 7, 2013

A red alga appears to have adapted to extremely hot, acidic environments by collecting genes from bacteria and archaea.

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Stem Cells: Safe Haven For TB

By Nsikan Akpan | February 5, 2013

Tuberculosis bacteria find shelter from drugs and the body’s defenses in bone marrow stem cells.

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Genomic Methylation Collector

By Beth Marie Mole | October 22, 2012

A parasitic worm accumulates epigenetic DNA tags over its lifetime.  

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HIV Evolves Vulnerability

By Sabrina Richards | October 22, 2012

In mutating to evade immune detection, HIV becomes susceptible to detection by different antibodies, suggesting new strategies for vaccination.

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Bacteriography

By Beth Marie Mole | October 19, 2012

A scientist-turned-artist cultures bacteria into art.

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Epigenetic Enigmas

By Beth Marie Mole | October 17, 2012

Overturning previous studies, a peculiar protozoan mysteriously uses a DNA-markup system to take out the genetic trash.   

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