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image: Blind Cavefish in Mexico Offer Clues to Sleep Regulation

Blind Cavefish in Mexico Offer Clues to Sleep Regulation

By Catherine Offord | February 7, 2018

Two studies identify a signaling pathway that contributes to the fish’s sleeplessness.

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image: Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders

Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders

By Abby Olena | February 2, 2018

In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. 

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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.

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image: Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.

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image: Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities

Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities

By Davide Bulgarelli | February 1, 2018

Like animals, plants host communities of microbes that influence a wide variety of their biological processes.

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Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.

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image: Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

By Ruth Williams | January 31, 2018

Studies in mice suggest that other flaviviruses, such as West Nile virus and Powassan virus, may cause birth defects, too. 

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image: “Retired” Mice Find New Life as Top Models for Autism

“Retired” Mice Find New Life as Top Models for Autism

By Jessica Wright | January 29, 2018

After years of obscurity, strains of mice with mutations in particular genes are thrust to the fore of autism research.

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The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.

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