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Scientists are beginning to unravel the ways in which we develop a healthy relationship with the bugs in our bodies.

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There is little evidence that full treatment durations discourage the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

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Companies Pursue Diagnostics that Mine the Microbiome

By Andrea Anderson | May 23, 2017

Tests so far typically screen for risky patterns that may augment traditional types of clinical data.

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Similar Data, Different Conclusions

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 23, 2016

By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.

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The Search for Persisters

By Amanda B. Keener | August 11, 2015

Lyme disease–causing bacteria can outmaneuver antibiotics in vitro and manipulate the mouse immune system.

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Parsing the Penis Microbiome

By Tracy Vence | May 29, 2014

Circumcision and sexual activity are but two factors that can influence the bacterial communities that inhabit male genitalia.

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Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina

By Jef Akst | May 19, 2014

The overly simplistic notion of a Lactobacillus-dominated vaginal microbiome is giving way to an appreciation of diverse and dynamic bacterial communities.

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Biotech IPOs Surge

By Kerry Grens | August 23, 2013

The drought has ended for biotech companies seeking to join the public market, but whether this upward swing will last is anybody’s guess.

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