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Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species

By Catherine Offord | May 4, 2016

A new analysis of microbial data estimates that the world is home to 1 trillion species—of which only 0.001 percent have been discovered.

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Becoming Acculturated

By Jeffrey M. Perkel | May 1, 2016

Techniques for deep dives into the microbial dark matter

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Microbial Ice-Makers

By Jef Akst | April 26, 2016

How one bacterium turns water into ice at nonfreezing temperatures

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Branching Out

By Ashley P. Taylor | April 11, 2016

Researchers create a new tree of life, largely composed of mystery bacteria.

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Immune Influence

By Kate Yandell | April 1, 2016

In recent years, research has demonstrated that microbes living in and on the mammalian body can affect cancer risk, as well as responses to cancer treatment.

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Microbes Meet Cancer

By Kate Yandell | April 1, 2016

Understanding cancer’s relationship with the human microbiome could transform immune-modulating therapies.

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Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach

By Tracy Vence | March 31, 2016

Boston-based Commense plans to develop microbial and nonmicrobial interventions aimed at improving child health.

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Contacts May Affect Eye Microbiome

By Jef Akst | March 23, 2016

The bacterial communities in the eyes of contact lens wearers resemble those of the skin, according to a study. 

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Origins of Dysentery

By Bob Grant | March 22, 2016

A new genomic analysis reveals that the pathogen responsible for the gastrointestinal disease likely originated in Europe and hitched a ride to new lands with settlers.

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Microbial Recycler Found

By Bob Grant | March 14, 2016

Researchers discover a new species of bacteria that can break down a commonly used plastic.

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