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Dethroning E. coli?

By Alison F. Takemura | June 23, 2016

Some scientists hope to replace microbiology’s workhorse bacterium with fast-growing Vibrio natriegens.

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Speaking of Microbiology

By Tanya Lewis and Tracy Vence | June 21, 2016

A selection of notable quotes from the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting


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Dental Microbes Not All in the Family

By Tanya Lewis | June 20, 2016

Kids often acquire cavity-causing bacteria from non-family members, researchers report at the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting.


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Early-Life Microbiome

By Tracy Vence | June 16, 2016

Analyzing the gut microbiomes of children from birth through toddlerhood, researchers tie compositional changes to birth mode, infant diet, and antibiotic therapy.


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Students Study Their Own Microbiomes

By Jef Akst | June 1, 2016

Pooping into a petri dish is becoming standard practice as part of some college biology courses.


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Gut Bacteria for Insect RNAi

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2016

Lacing insect food with microbes encoding double-stranded RNAs can suppress insect gene expression.


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Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung

By Tracy Vence | May 25, 2016

Researchers assess some of the downstream effects of treating livestock with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.


Post-publication peer review prompts the authors to clarify the ages of mice used in their experiments and share additional data.


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“Magic” Mushroom Compound Eases Depression

By Tanya Lewis | May 17, 2016

Psilocybin led to an improvement in symptoms for treatment-resistant patients, according to a small study.

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image: Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome

Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome

By Amanda B. Keener | May 9, 2016

A drug that singles out Staphylococcus aureus leaves gut-dwelling microbiota largely intact, a mouse study shows.


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