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Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 4, 2016

Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.

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Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species

By Catherine Offord | May 4, 2016

A new analysis of microbial data estimates that the world is home to 1 trillion species—of which only 0.001 percent have been discovered.

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Becoming Acculturated

By Jeffrey M. Perkel | May 1, 2016

Techniques for deep dives into the microbial dark matter

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Scaling to Singles

By Kelly Rae Chi | May 1, 2016

Tips for tracing transcription in individual cells

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Sense and Sensibility

By Ruth Williams | May 1, 2016

Tailored combinations of a reporter and a ligand-binding domain allow for sensing just about any molecule of interest.

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Sensors for All

By Ruth Williams | May 1, 2016

A versatile modular strategy for detecting small molecules in eukaryotes

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Microbial Ice-Makers

By Jef Akst | April 26, 2016

How one bacterium turns water into ice at nonfreezing temperatures

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Study: “Dirty” Mice More Humanlike

By Tanya Lewis | April 21, 2016

Housing laboratory mice with those reared in a pet store makes the lab rodents’ immune systems more similar to those of people.

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AACR Q&A: Elaine Mardis

By The Scientist Staff | April 18, 2016

The genomics pioneer shares the sessions she most looks forward to at this year’s American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.

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Branching Out

By Ashley P. Taylor | April 11, 2016

Researchers create a new tree of life, largely composed of mystery bacteria.

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