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The Energy of Life

By Jeffrey Marlow and Jan Amend | February 1, 2015

Extremophiles should not be viewed through an anthropocentric lens; what’s extreme for us may be a perfectly comfortable environment for a microbe.

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UV Light Doesn’t Fully Purify

By Jef Akst | January 28, 2015

Using ultraviolet light to disinfect drinking water may simply drive bacteria to dormancy, rather than kill them.

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GMO “Kill Switches”

By Kerry Grens | January 21, 2015

Scientists design bacteria reliant upon synthetic amino acids to contain genetically modified organisms.

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Picturing Infection

By Kelly Rae Chi | January 1, 2015

Whole-animal, light-based imaging of infected small mammals

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Taming Bushmeat

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | January 1, 2015

Chinese farmers’ efforts at rearing wild animals may benefit conservation and reduce human health risks.

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Measuring DNA with a Smartphone

By Jef Akst | December 23, 2014

A new microscope attachment can allow smartphone users to take a closer look at fluorescently labeled DNA.

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Bats Make a Comeback

By Molly Sharlach | December 22, 2014

Citizen-scientist data obtained through the U.K.’s National Bat Monitoring Programme show that populations of 10 bat species have stabilized or are growing.

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Imagining a “World Without Microbes”

By Tracy Vence | December 18, 2014

Eradication of microbial disease likely accompanied by poor quality of life for remaining species

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Microbes Could Help Solve Sex Crimes

By Kerry Grens | December 17, 2014

Microbial species found in pubic hair samples could help track down criminals.

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Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2014

By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

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