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Modeling the Cell

By Jef Akst | July 23, 2012

The first full computer model of a single-celled organism mimics the bacterium’s behaviors and paves the way to more complete disease models.


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Microbial Perfume

By Edyta Zielinska | July 23, 2012

Rather than rely on plant-derived products, biotech companies are engineering bacteria and yeast to produce ingredients for fragrances.


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Opinion: One Microbe’s 15 Minutes

By David Smith | July 3, 2012

The recently hyped amoeba-flagellate Collodictyon has many secrets to tell about early eukaryotic evolution.


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A Little Help from My Friends

By Sabrina Richards | July 1, 2012

How to get the most out of your collaboration with bioinformaticians


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Killer Silk

By Jef Akst | July 1, 2012

Silk impregnated with bleach may provide a new way to fight the formidable spores of the anthrax bacterium.


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Nanoparticles Prevent Disease

By Edyta Zielinska | June 22, 2012

Medical devices coated with selenium nanoparticles reduce the growth of a deadly hospital-borne infection.

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Not-So-Informed Consent

By Hayley Dunning | June 21, 2012

Growing databanks are invaluable to biomedical researchers, but patients are often unaware of what their information is used for.


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Roundup from Microbiology Meeting

By Edyta Zielinska | June 21, 2012

Some of the interesting stories researchers were discussing at this year’s American Society of Microbiology meeting in San Francisco.


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The Ecology of Fear

By Edyta Zielinska | June 15, 2012

Grasshoppers in fear of predation die with less nitrogen in their bodies than unstressed grasshoppers, which can affect soil ecology.


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The Fungus Among Us

By Bob Grant | June 11, 2012

Researchers find a slew of new fungal species inhabiting the human gut, and suggest a link to an inflammatory bowel disease.

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