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Honey bee microbiome probed

By Bob Grant | June 9, 2011

Researchers reveal several new viruses lurking in healthy hives.

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A new cow-borne superbug

By Bob Grant | June 7, 2011

As Germany grapples with an E. coli outbreak, a new strain of MRSA appears in Europe.

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One-Man NIH, 1887

By Cristina Luiggi | June 4, 2011

As epidemics swept across the United States in the 19th century, the US government recognized the pressing need for a national lab dedicated to the study of infectious disease. 

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Arsenic-based life debate continues

By Jessica P. Johnson | June 2, 2011

More than a dozen researchers voice their concerns about a 2010 paper that claims bacteria can use arsenic in place of phosphorus in its DNA and other biomolecules, such as proteins.

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The Last Vaccine Frontier

By Brad Spellberg | June 1, 2011

Successful vaccines have been created to protect against pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Why aren’t there any for combating fungal infections?

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Speaking of Science

By N/A | May 26, 2011

May 2011's selection of notable quotes

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Gays have higher cancer risk?

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

Gay men are nearly twice as likely to report that they've had cancer as heterosexual men, according to a US health survey published in Cancer.

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Micro Farmers

By Cristina Luiggi | May 1, 2011

Columbia University evolutionary ecologist Dustin Rubenstein explains just why it's so interesting and important to find slime molds that engage in a form of agriculture.

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Lobster-Pot Science

By Richard P. Grant | May 1, 2011

Building tiny houses to study how bacteria behave in natural environments

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Wrestling with Recurrent Infections

By Gayatri Vedantam and Glenn S. Tillotson | May 1, 2011

Clostridium difficile is evolving more robust toxicity, repeatedly attacking its victims, and driving the search for alternative therapies to fight the infection.

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