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Mother’s Microbes Protect Baby’s Brain

By Ruth Williams | November 19, 2014

Bacteria in the gut of a pregnant mouse strengthen the blood-brain barrier of her developing fetus.

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Virus Protects Mouse Gut

By Tracy Vence | November 19, 2014

A murine norovirus appears to recover some of the functions of commensal bacteria in the guts of germ-free or antibiotic-treated mice.

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Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars

By Molly Sharlach | November 19, 2014

Researchers discover a densovirus that is associated with sea star wasting disease.

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Species-Specific

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 17, 2014

Scientists uncover striking differences between mouse and human gene expression across a variety of tissues.

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Sealed With a Kiss

By Bob Grant | November 17, 2014

A single intimate smooch can transfer upwards of 80 million bacteria.

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Week in Review: November 10–14

By Jef Akst | November 14, 2014

Funding for African science; microbiome studies may have contamination worries; mind-controlled gene expression; DNA record keeper

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Funding Research in Africa

By Paula Park | November 12, 2014

The ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa is drawing more money to study the virus, but what about funding for African science in general?

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DNA Extraction Kits Contaminated

By Kerry Grens | November 11, 2014

Sequencing study reveals low levels of microbes in lab reagents that can create big problems for some microbiome studies.

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Mind-Controlled Gene Expression

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 11, 2014

A light-inducible optogenetic implant in mice, powered by EEG, responds to a human participant’s mental state.

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Camels are MERS Reservoirs

By Bob Grant | November 9, 2014

Researchers have concluded that these animals, known as the “ships of the desert,” can ferry the deadly coronavirus, perhaps infecting people.

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