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Counting Cells

By Jef Akst | January 11, 2016

A person likely carries the same number of human and microbial cells, according to a new estimate.

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Molecular Fingerprint Predicts Flu Shot Response

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | January 4, 2016

A gene-expression signature correlates with a person’s likelihood of experiencing adverse events after receiving a seasonal flu vaccine, scientists show. 

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All Together Now

By Mary Beth Aberlin | January 1, 2016

Understanding the biological roots of cooperation might help resolve some of the biggest scientific challenges we face.

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Researchers Accused of Spreading Disease

By Bob Grant | December 21, 2015

Italian scientists are under investigation for allegedly worsening the transmission of a pathogen that is decimating olive groves in Puglia.

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Pregnancy May Explain Ebola Return

By Kerry Grens | December 21, 2015

Health officials suspect recently reported cases of the disease in Liberia might stem from a flare-up of the virus in a survivor who became pregnant.

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When the Flu Vax Fails

By Jef Akst | December 16, 2015

The status of a person’s immune system can predict when a seasonal flu vaccination will not provide sufficient protection, according to a study. 

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Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity

By Jef Akst | December 9, 2015

Commensal bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tracts of cockroaches lace the insects’ feces with chemical cues that mediate social behavior, according to a study.

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Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs

By Kerry Grens | December 6, 2015

The popular type 2 diabetes drug may cause profound changes in patients’ microbiomes.

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Ebola’s Effects on the Eye

By Tracy Vence | November 30, 2015

A second doctor shows symptoms of ocular disease after recovering from Ebola infection.

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Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies

By Kerry Grens | November 24, 2015

One large provider says the shortfall should clear up by early 2016.

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