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Deep-Sea Viruses Destroy Archaea

By Ruth Williams | October 12, 2016

Viruses are responsible for the majority of archaea deaths on the deep ocean floors, scientists show.

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image: Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia

Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia

By Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | October 1, 2016

Bacteria inhabit most tissues in the human body, and genes from some of these microbes have made their way to the human genome. Could this genetic transfer contribute to diseases such as cancer?

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Life Scientists Receive “Genius” Grants

By Ben Andrew Henry | September 22, 2016

Among this year’s 23 MacArthur Foundation Fellows are pioneering biologists.

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Neonatal Gut Bacteria Might Promote Asthma

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 12, 2016

Byproducts of gut microbes in some 1-month–old babies trigger inflammation that is linked to later asthma development, researchers find.

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image: Giant Petri Dish Displays Evolution in Space and Time

Giant Petri Dish Displays Evolution in Space and Time

By Jenny Rood | September 8, 2016

As E. coli bacteria spread over increasingly concentrated antibiotics, researchers discover novel evolutionary pathways that confer resistance.

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Promoting Protein Partnerships

By Ruth Williams | September 1, 2016

Scientists generate new protein-protein interactions at an impressive PACE.

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Protein or Perish

By Ruth Williams | September 1, 2016

A bacteriophage must evolve certain variants of a protein or die.

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Antibiotic Resistance Reaches Brazil

By Kerry Grens | August 8, 2016

Scientists detect a colistin-resistance gene in a clinical sample.

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Fecal Transplant Pill Fails Trial

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2016

Seres Therapeutics’s microbiome-targeting therapy for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection fails a Phase 2 clinical trial.

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From sequencing bacteriophages to synthesizing bacterial genomes to defining a minimal genome

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