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Trouble in the Heartland

By Jef Akst | October 1, 2013

A new tick-borne disease has emerged in the US Midwest—and the culprit is not a bacterium. 


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Viral in Valencia

By Chris Palmer | October 1, 2013

A genetic analysis that tracks the evolution of pathogens helped incriminate a Spanish anesthetist who infected hundreds of patients with hepatitis C.


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A Farewell to Parasites

By Nsikan Akpan | September 1, 2013

Despite a fierce civil war, scientists led a 14-year grassroots campaign that has eradicated a parasitic disease from northern Sudan.


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Evolution Takes a Road Trip

By Dan Cossins | June 1, 2013

Highways and byways are among the man-made environmental alterations driving the evolution of animals on contemporary timescales, with implications for ecology.


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Mobile Microscopes

By Jef Akst | June 1, 2013

Turning cell phones into basic research tools can improve health care in the developing world.


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Oral History

By Dan Cossins | June 1, 2013

Researchers use DNA from ancient tooth tartar to chart changes in the bacterial communities that have lived in human mouths for 8,000 years.

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Catching Criminals

By Beth Marie Mole | April 1, 2013

A tactic designed to nab repeat offenders also pinpoints the source of infectious diseases and invasive species.


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Bacterial Buddies

By Sabrina Richards | March 1, 2013

A chance encounter with a crab apple tree leads to the discovery of a new bacterial species and clues to the evolution of insect endosymbionts.


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Sea Change

By Chris Tachibana | March 1, 2013

A normally land-based microbiologist sets sail to find the building blocks of novel antibiotics in marine bacteria.


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Cleansing the Clinic

By Beth Marie Mole | January 1, 2013

Scientists set up a stakeout to track the movements of microbes around a new hospital.


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