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Ants Select Better Microbes

By Beth Marie Mole | September 14, 2012

Researchers identified the 3-step process leaf-cutter ants use to grow helpful bacteria on their bodies.

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Bacterial Sentinels of Noses

By Ruth Williams | September 12, 2012

Friendly sinus bacteria may keep sinusitis-causing strains in check.


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British Health Open for Research

By Jef Akst | September 12, 2012

Giving researchers access to the health records of 52 million people in England could prove invaluable to biomedical scientists.

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Double-Edged TB Drug

By Beth Marie Mole | September 12, 2012

A cheap pain reliever that can kill drug-resistant, tuberculosis-causing bacteria may never be tested.


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Funding Cuts Threaten Big Data

By Jef Akst | September 5, 2012

Reduced support from the US National Library of Medicine threatens to shut down five popular biological databases.


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Do it Yourself TB Test

By Edyta Zielinska | September 5, 2012

With a cardboard box, a light source, and some filters, roadside clinics can accurately test for tuberculosis.


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Flu Fights Dirty

By Hayley Dunning | September 1, 2012

Mimicking a host-cell histone protein offers flu a sneaky tactic to suppress immune response.

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Down and Dirty

By Amy Coombs | September 1, 2012

Diverse plant communities create a disease-fighting "soil genotype."


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Soil Harbors Antibiotic Resistance

By Ed Yong | August 30, 2012

Identical resistance genes in soil and clinical bacteria hint at dangerous genetic arms trade that is aggravating the antibiotic-resistance crisis.


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Resisting TB

By Cristina Luiggi | August 30, 2012

A study finds that drug-resistant tuberculosis is more prevalent than current estimates suggest.


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