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The Age-Old Fight Against Antibiotics

By Cristina Luiggi | August 31, 2011

Researchers find antibiotic resistance genes in 30,000-year-old bacteria, suggesting such resistance is not a modern phenomenon.

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Velcro Helps Muscles Grow

By Edyta Zielinska | August 31, 2011

Stretching muscle cells as they grow helps promote the expression of growth factors.

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The Promise of Panda Poop

By Jef Akst | August 30, 2011

The dung of the bamboo-loving bears contains bacteria that could be the next best thing for biofuels production.

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Black Death Pathogen Extinct?

By Tia Ghose | August 29, 2011

The Yersinia pestis strain extracted from the bones of Black Death victims may no longer exist.

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Q&A: Preserving The Body's Bugs

By Kerry Grens | August 24, 2011

The overuse of antibiotics could be threatening humans' microbiome—and Martin Blaser is on a mission to save it.

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Beer Yeast Identified

By Jef Akst | August 23, 2011

A new yeast species found in Patagonia appears to be the missing half of the long-used lager yeast.

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Opinion: Reducing Foodborne Illness

By J. Stan Bailey | August 22, 2011

New testing technologies and improved communication among regulatory agencies are making strides in the fight against foodborne disease.

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Bacteria Kamikazes

By Kelly Rae Chi | August 16, 2011

Researchers design a synthetic bacterium that kills the infectious microbe Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sacrificing itself in the process.

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Next Generation: Hundreds of Cell-Analyses at Once

By Edyta Zielinska | August 11, 2011

A new microfluidics chip lets researchers analyze the nucleic acids of 300 individual cells simultaneously.

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Arsenic-Based Life, Open to Critique

By Edyta Zielinska | August 10, 2011

A researcher is repeating the controversial experiments that suggested a bacterium used arsenic rather than phosphorus in its DNA—with the world watching.

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