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The human brain’s insular cortex is adept at registering distaste for everything from rotten fruit to unfamiliar cultures.

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Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

By Abby Olena | May 26, 2017

Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.

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Companies Pursue Diagnostics that Mine the Microbiome

By Andrea Anderson | May 23, 2017

Tests so far typically screen for risky patterns that may augment traditional types of clinical data.

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Science Celebrities: Where Are the Women?

By Erin Biba | May 15, 2017

Men have traditionally stolen the spotlight as scientific popularizers on TV, but women are making names for themselves in other formats.

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Thirty percent of bacteria found in babies' guts came from mothers' milk, a study finds.

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Warmer Temps Tied to Altered Microbiome in Lizards

By Ashley P. Taylor | May 8, 2017

Bacterial differences after three-month temperature hikes, modeled after global warming predictions, were evident one year later, a study found.

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Book Excerpt from Flavor

By Bob Holmes | May 1, 2017

Author Bob Holmes dove into the taste-determining realm of his genome.

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Future Homes May Have Bioreactive Walls

By Benjamin Skuse | May 1, 2017

Researchers are redesigning the humble brick to produce electricity, to clean water and air, and to harvest valuable compounds.

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Why I Had My Sense of Flavor Genotyped

By Bob Holmes | May 1, 2017

One person’s quest to get to the bottom of the unique way he experiences food

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Notable Science Quotes

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2017

Climate change, research funding, race, and much more

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