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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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Researchers use the CRISPR/Cas system to express three transcription-factor genes, changing the identities of mouse cells.

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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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Cullen Buie Parses Pathogens With Passion

By Andy Extance | August 1, 2016

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT. Age: 34

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By ditching traditional agar-based media, two biochemists captured iconic images of Myxococcus in 1982.

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Riboswitch Screen

By Ruth Williams | August 1, 2016

A newly developed method detects regulators of bacterial transcription called riboswitches.

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Wanted: Transcriptional Regulators

By Ruth Williams | August 1, 2016

Researchers have designed a screen to find unique molecules, called riboswitches, that determine whether transcription will proceed.

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Exercise Boosts Telomere Transcription

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 27, 2016

Endurance exercise and metabolism are linked to transcriptional activation of human telomeres, researchers propose.

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