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NASA researchers have discovered ancient microbes locked inside minerals, suggesting a possible niche for interstellar life.

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Toward Killing Cancer with Bacteria

By Ruth Williams | February 8, 2017

Researchers employ an engineered microbe to destroy tumor cells in mice.

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Discovering Novel Antibiotics

By Sandeep Ravindran | February 1, 2017

Three methods identify and activate silent bacterial gene clusters to uncover new drugs

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Study of 81 six-week-olds who were born by C-section or vaginal delivery didn’t show differences in the structure or function of their microbiota, despite contrary results from other studies on babies. 

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Marijuana Research Still Stymied by Federal Laws

By Bob Grant | January 23, 2017

US scientists continue to have a hard time getting funding to study the health impacts of the drug. But cannabis research in Canada—where medical marijuana is legal nationwide—is different story.

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How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 13, 2017

Researchers examine how underground microbes and nutrients affect plant populations.

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National Academies Detail the State of Weed Science

By Bob Grant | January 12, 2017

A new report summarizes what we know about the impacts of marijuana use, as more states have legalized the drug for both medical and recreational purposes.

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More Anti-CRISPR Proteins to Block Cas9

By Kerry Grens | December 29, 2016

The latest CRISPR deactivators to be discovered turn off the Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 widely used in genome editing.

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New CRISPR-Cas Enzymes Discovered

By Kerry Grens | December 22, 2016

A metagenomics analysis finds Cas9 in archaea for the first time, along with two previously unknown Cas nucleases from bacteria.

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Scientists present evidence of bacteria-driven mating in flagellate eukaryotes at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting.

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