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Human Fleas and Lice Spread Black Death

By | January 16, 2018

A new study suggests that the plague, which killed millions of people, was not transmitted by rats.

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image: Image of the Day: Minions of the Cicada 

Image of the Day: Minions of the Cicada 

By | January 9, 2018

Scientists study the unusual genome evolution of the bacteria that live within a genus of cicadas. 

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Image of the Day: Virus Spacecraft 

By | January 5, 2018

Researchers reconstruct images of a virus that infects Escherichia coli bacteria.

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Image of the Day: Hunter Platelets 

By | December 19, 2017

Researchers explore how blood platelets sweep bacteria into aggregate bundles at sites of infection to help phagocytic cells dispose of them. 

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Microbes of the Human Tongue Form Organized Clusters

By | December 5, 2017

Bacteria on the tongue’s surface reside in clumps distinguished by genus, unlike the intermingled communities observed in other tissues.

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Image of the Day: Tissue Feast

By | December 5, 2017

Researchers are taking a close look at the bacterium that causes listeriosis disease.  

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Report: Security Lapses in Handling of Deadly Pathogens

By | October 31, 2017

A government report finds that laboratories in the U.S. that work with select agents such as Ebola and anthrax aren’t as secure as they should be.

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Image of the Day: Microbes on Fake Mars

By | October 18, 2017

By simulating the structure and composition of Mars’s rocky materials, scientists observe how the metal-eating, extreme environment–inhabiting microbe Metallosphaera sedula could alter extraterrestrial environments.

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A new study identifies microorganisms residing in the human fallopian tubes and uterus, but some researchers are skeptical of the findings. 

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Image of the Day: Rainbow Gut

By | October 11, 2017

Rather than organizing into easily defined compartments, different microbes mix and intermingle within the mouse gut, scientists find.

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