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image: Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities

Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities

By Davide Bulgarelli | February 1, 2018

Like animals, plants host communities of microbes that influence a wide variety of their biological processes.

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image: Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars

Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars

By Diana Kwon | December 1, 2017

High levels of radiation, among other health risks, challenge the future colonation of the Red Planet.

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Brain Bugs

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2017

Neuropharmacologist John Cryan of University College of Cork in Ireland explains the links between the microbiome and the central nervous system.

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Living Fabric

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2017

See the bacteria-powered, breathable clothing made by former MIT researcher Wen Wang and colleagues.

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Emerging evidence links bacterial or viral infection with the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Microbe Maven

By The Scientist Staff | July 17, 2017

Meet Scientist to Watch Emily Balskus, who studies the microbes that inhabit humans.

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Messing with the Microbiome

By Ruth Williams | July 17, 2017

Two new techniques allow researchers to manipulate the activity of gut bacteria. 

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The Human Virome

By Eric Delwart | November 1, 2016

Diverse viruses can be found commingling with human and bacteria cells in and on people’s bodies. Scientists are just beginning to understand how these viruses help and when they can turn pathogenic.

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Protein or Perish

By Ruth Williams | September 1, 2016

A bacteriophage must evolve certain variants of a protein or die.

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Riboswitch Screen

By Ruth Williams | August 1, 2016

A newly developed method detects regulators of bacterial transcription called riboswitches.

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