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Texas Considers GM Mosquitoes

By Kerry Grens | March 28, 2017

In an effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus, Harris County officials are in discussions with Oxitec to release insects engineered to produce short-lived offspring.

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Inflammation Drives Gut Bacteria Evolution

By Ruth Williams | March 16, 2017

Viruses within Salmonella rapidly spread genes throughout the bacterial population during a gut infection, scientists show.

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Human Gut Microbe Transplant Alters Mouse Behavior

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 1, 2017

Fecal transplants from humans with irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety into mice lead to similar symptoms and anxiety-like behavior in the rodents, researchers report.  

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NASA researchers have discovered ancient microbes locked inside minerals, suggesting a possible niche for interstellar life.

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Toward Killing Cancer with Bacteria

By Ruth Williams | February 8, 2017

Researchers employ an engineered microbe to destroy tumor cells in mice.

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Discovering Novel Antibiotics

By Sandeep Ravindran | February 1, 2017

Three methods identify and activate silent bacterial gene clusters to uncover new drugs

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Study of 81 six-week-olds who were born by C-section or vaginal delivery didn’t show differences in the structure or function of their microbiota, despite contrary results from other studies on babies. 

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Bacteria-Treated Mosquitoes Released in More Locations

By Kerry Grens | January 17, 2017

Infected with Wolbachia, the insects are expected to reduce the spread of dengue and Zika. But scientists say the approach may have limitations.

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How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 13, 2017

Researchers examine how underground microbes and nutrients affect plant populations.

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Using Gene Drives to Limit the Spread of Malaria

By Tony Nolan and Andrea Crisanti | January 1, 2017

Introducing genetic changes into mosquito populations could be key to effective malaria control.

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