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One Pathogen, Two Biofilms

By Jef Akst | August 5, 2011

A single fungal species can form two different kinds of biofilms—a pathogenic one and a sexual one.

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Nicotine Protects Against Parkinson’s?

By Jef Akst | August 3, 2011

The addictive component of cigarettes saves dopamine neurons from a Parkinson's-like decline, providing a new avenue for potential treatment.

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Battling Malaria in Africa

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2011

When general practitioner John Lusingu returned to his native Tanzania to do research on malaria, he was met with a total lack of science infrastructure. 

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Helpful Bacterial Metabolites

By Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | August 1, 2011

While gut microbiota appear to have both positive and negative impacts on our  health, in the guts of healthy, lean individuals, the good outweighs the bad.  

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An Eyeful of RNA

By Richard P. Grant | August 1, 2011

Editor's Choice in Physiology

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Deconstructing the Mosaic Brain

By Tom Curran | August 1, 2011

Sequencing the DNA of individual neurons is a way to dissect the genes underlying major neurological and psychological disorders.

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From the Ground Up

By Richard D. Bardgett | August 1, 2011

As the planet warms plant growth will likely increase—locking up some of that extra carbon dioxide by converting it into vegetative biomass—but that’s not the whole story. 

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Harmful Bacterial Metabolites

By Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | August 1, 2011

Gut bacteria that feed on healthy food appear to amplify the nutritional benefits of those foods. However, they also appear to amplify the undesirable effects of unhealthy food. 

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Personalized Athletics

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2011

Motivated by a career-ending ligament tear, a former NFL player starts a company to test athletes' genetic predispositions to common sports injuries.

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Seirian Sumner: Wasp Whisperer

By Cristina Luiggi | August 1, 2011

Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, London. Age: 37

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