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Something Is Killing Asian Carp

By Kerry Grens | April 29, 2014

Half a million invasive silver carp are dead in a Kentucky river, and nobody knows why.


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Microbe’s Diversity Is Vast, Ancient

By Kerry Grens | April 24, 2014

A marine cyanobacterium possesses astounding genomic diversity, yet still organizes into distinct subpopulations that have likely persisted for ages.


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Money Microbiome

By Jef Akst | April 24, 2014

Swabbing cash circulating in New York City reveals more than 3,000 different types of bacteria.


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Microbiome Influences

By Jef Akst | April 22, 2014

Researchers find that gender, education level, and breastfeeding can affect humans’ commensal microbial communities.


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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | April 1, 2014

Cancer Virus, A Window on Eternity, Murderous Minds, and The Extreme Life of the Sea


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Dermatologically Derived

By Jef Akst | April 1, 2014

Inspired by turkey skin, researchers devise a bacteriophage-based sensor whose color changes upon binding specific molecules.


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Python Auto-Pilot

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | March 20, 2014

Invasive snakes in Florida show evidence of a compass sense they use to navigate back to home territory.


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Gut Microbes Gobble Cocoa

By Tracy Vence | March 19, 2014

Commensal bacteria that populate the human gastrointestinal tract help digest dark chocolate, releasing anti-inflammatory compounds, researchers report.

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Old-School Fish Guides

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | March 18, 2014

Experienced fish may be critical for keeping migrating populations on track, a study finds.


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Ancient Moss Reincarnated

By Jef Akst | March 18, 2014

Antarctic moss beds that have been frozen for more than 1,500 years yield plants that can be brought back to life in the lab.

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