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Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders

By Abby Olena | February 2, 2018

In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. 


The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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An Enduring Partnership

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2018

Humanity would be nothing without plants. It’s high time we recognize their crucial role in sustaining life on Earth.

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The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.


Over the past seven years, Xiao-Long Lin has characterized nearly 70 new species of nonbiting midges and developed DNA barcodes to aid in future ecological surveys.


image: Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.


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How Viruses Attack Plants

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Viruses are incapable of reproducing without the help of a host, whose cells copy their genetic material and fabricate the building blocks of new virus particles.


image: Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities

Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities

By Davide Bulgarelli | February 1, 2018

Like animals, plants host communities of microbes that influence a wide variety of their biological processes.


image: Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops

Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.

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The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.


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