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The Great Big Clean-Up

By Kerry Grens | September 1, 2015

From tossing out cross-contaminated cell lines to flagging genomic misnomers, a push is on to tidy up biomedical research.

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Microorganisms Make a House a Home?

By Amanda B. Keener | August 26, 2015

The fungal and bacterial communities in household dust can reveal some details about a building’s inhabitants.

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Illumina, Investors Launch Consumer Genetics Firm

By Tracy Vence | August 19, 2015

With $100 million in initial funding, Helix aims to make personal genomics accessible.

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Bacteria to Blame?

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | August 18, 2015

T cells activated in the microbe-dense gut can spark an autoimmune eye disease, a study shows. 

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The Search for Persisters

By Amanda B. Keener | August 11, 2015

Lyme disease–causing bacteria can outmaneuver antibiotics in vitro and manipulate the mouse immune system.

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Subway Microbiome Study Revised

By Amanda B. Keener | August 4, 2015

Researchers tone down their highly publicized study that reported the presence of deadly pathogens on New York City subways.

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TB Traces

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2015

Take a trip to the mummy museum in Vác, Hungary, to see the human remains that helped researchers learn more about the origins of tuberculosis in Europe.

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Anthrax Sent in Error to 86 Labs

By Kerry Grens | July 29, 2015

A US Army lab shipped live spores of the deadly bacterium because of improper irradiation protocols, a Department of Defense review has found.

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Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 22, 2015

In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.

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Underground Immunity

By Kara Manke | July 16, 2015

Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 

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