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The Telltale Tail

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 1, 2014

A symbiotic relationship between squid and bacteria provides an alternative explanation for bacterial sheathed flagella.

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Early Evidence

By Abby Olena | March 1, 2014

Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.

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Patchy Plankton

By Chris Palmer | December 1, 2013

Turbulence interacts with the stabilizing efforts of motile phytoplankton to create small-scale patches of toxic, bloom-forming organisms.

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Sick Mold

By Beth Marie Mole | May 1, 2013

A virus that infects a crop-killing fungus can spread freely, opening the possibility of its use as a fungicide.

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Viruses on the Brain

By Beth Marie Mole | May 1, 2013

Viral infections of the central nervous system may trigger cytokines that induce seizures.

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Bacterial Sacrifice

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2013

Patterns of cell death aid in the formation of beneficial wrinkles during the development of bacterial biofilms.

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The Plastic Genome

By Beth Marie Mole | December 1, 2012

The poxvirus stockpiles genes when it needs to adapt.

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Microbial Awakening

By Hayley Dunning | November 1, 2012

Successive awakening of soil microbes drives a huge pulse of CO2 following the first rain after a dry summer.

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Viral Skeleton

By Kerry Grens | November 1, 2012

A newly discovered family of tubulins—members of the cytoskeleton—encoded by bacteriophages plays a role in arranging the location of DNA within virus’s bacterial host.

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Flu Fights Dirty

By Hayley Dunning | September 1, 2012

Mimicking a host-cell histone protein offers flu a sneaky tactic to suppress immune response.

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