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A molecule produced by a strain of Staphylococcus epidermis interferes with DNA synthesis.

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Scientists are beginning to unravel the ways in which we develop a healthy relationship with the bugs in our bodies.

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Cataloging Fungal Life in Antarctic Seas

By Ignacio Amigo | December 1, 2017

Brazilian researchers report a relatively large diversity of fungi in marine ecosystems surrounding Antarctica, but warn that climate change could bring unpleasant surprises.

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher’s work will help predict how the Arctic is responding to climate change—and the global effects of those changes.

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Do Microbes Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Jill U. Adams | September 1, 2017

The once fringe idea is gaining traction among the scientific community.

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At Harvard University the chemical biologist looks for new metabolic pathways to investigate how gut bacteria interact with one another and their hosts.

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The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.

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Arming Synthetic Bacteria Against Cancer

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 20, 2016

Researchers engineer bacteria that deliver an anti-tumor toxin in mice before self-destructing. 

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Archaea’s Role in Carbon Cycle

By Catherine Offord | July 1, 2016

Bathyarchaeota undergo acetogenesis, generating organic carbon below the seafloor.

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The Fungi Within

By Mahmoud Ghannoum | February 1, 2016

Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.

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