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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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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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Hairy Situation for Wolves

By Molly Sharlach | November 16, 2014

Researchers find high stress hormone levels in the hair of hunted wolves in Northern Canada.

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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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image: Butterfly Eyespots Deflect Predation

Butterfly Eyespots Deflect Predation

By Bob Grant | November 12, 2014

Researchers show that patterned coloration can be an effective means of distracting predators from vital body parts.

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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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High-Speed Intracellular Imaging

By Molly Sharlach | October 23, 2014

A new kind of microscopy uses a lattice of light to visualize biological processes with extraordinary spatial and temporal resolution.

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image: Virus Decimating Spanish Amphibians

Virus Decimating Spanish Amphibians

By Bob Grant | October 20, 2014

Several toad, newt, and salamander populations are being hit hard by an emerging pathogen in a pristine national park in Spain.

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image: Jet Lag Upsets Gut Microbes

Jet Lag Upsets Gut Microbes

By Bob Grant | October 17, 2014

Frequent airplane travel may contribute to obesity by throwing off circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the intestinal microbiome, according to a new study.

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A Conversation with a Laureate

By Jef Akst | October 13, 2014

The Scientist speaks with W.E. Moerner, who last week shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on super-resolution molecular imaging.

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