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Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as Antivenom?

By Bob Grant | February 24, 2016

Compounds typically used to calm the immune system can prevent death from scorpion venom in mice, researchers report.


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Similar Data, Different Conclusions

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 23, 2016

By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.


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Breast Milk Sugars Support Infant Gut Health

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 18, 2016

Oligosaccharides found in breast milk stimulate the activity of gut bacteria, promoting growth in two animal models of infant malnutrition.


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Premature Assault?

By Jef Akst | February 9, 2016

Plants may trick bacteria into attacking before the microbial population reaches a critical size, allowing the plants to successfully defend the weak invasion.


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By Karen Zusi | February 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2016 issue of The Scientist.


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Fungal Security Force

By Karen Zusi | February 1, 2016

In yew trees, Taxol-producing fungi function as an immune system to ward off pathogens.


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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2016

February 2016's selection of notable quotes

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Holding Their Ground

By Amanda B. Keener | February 1, 2016

To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.

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Plant Immunity

By Amanda B. Keener | February 1, 2016

How plants fight off pathogens


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The Fungi Within

By Mahmoud Ghannoum | February 1, 2016

Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.


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