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Gut Microbes Gobble Cocoa

By Tracy Vence | March 19, 2014

Commensal bacteria that populate the human gastrointestinal tract help digest dark chocolate, releasing anti-inflammatory compounds, researchers report.

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Week in Review: March 3–7

By Tracy Vence | March 7, 2014

The gene behind a butterfly’s mimicry; the evolution of adipose fins; bacteria and bowel cancer; plants lacking plastid genomes

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Positive Developments on the HIV Front

By Bob Grant | March 7, 2014

A gene-editing protocol shows promise, and a second baby who was started on antiretroviral drugs soon after birth appears to be virus-free a year later.

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High Protein, High Risk?

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | March 6, 2014

Low-protein diets are linked to longer life spans in mice and humans.

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Bacteria’s Role in Bowel Cancer

By Ashley P. Taylor | March 3, 2014

The development of serrated polyps depends on bacteria present in the gut, a mouse study shows.  

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Contributors

By Abby Olena | March 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the March 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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Early Evidence

By Abby Olena | March 1, 2014

Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.

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For Whom the Biomarkers Toll?

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | February 27, 2014

Study finds that a handful of biological indicators can predict a healthy person’s risk of dying within five years.

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A Wine Bacterium’s Proteome

By Abby Olena | February 26, 2014

Scientists map the partial proteome of a common lactic acid bacterium.

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MERS Common in Camels

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | February 25, 2014

Study suggests many camels in Saudi Arabia are infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus at some point in their lives.

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