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Evolution of Kin Discrimination

By Ashley P. Taylor | July 6, 2015

A bacterium’s ability to distinguish self from non-self can arise spontaneously, a study shows, reigniting questions of whether the trait can be considered an adaptation.


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Gutless Worm

By The Scientist Staff | July 1, 2015

Meet the digestive tract–lacking oligochaete that has fueled Max Planck researcher Nicole Dubilier’s interest in symbiosis and marine science.


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Sold on Symbiosis

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 1, 2015

A love of the ocean lured Nicole Dubilier into science; gutless sea worms and their nurturing bacterial symbionts keep her at the leading edge of marine microbiology.


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Sponging Up Phosphorus

By Jenny Rood | July 1, 2015

Symbiotic bacteria in Caribbean reef sponges store polyphosphate granules, possibly explaining why phosphorous is so scarce in coral reef ecosystems.

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The Sum of Our Parts

By Janice Dietert and Rodney Dietert | July 1, 2015

Putting the microbiome front and center in health care, in preventive strategies, and in health-risk assessments could stem the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases.


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Touchy Feely

By Kerry Grens | June 1, 2015

Physical contact helps determine who’s present among baboons’ gut bacteria.


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WHO OKs Plan to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

By Tracy Vence | May 27, 2015

World Health Organization officials endorse a global strategy to combat the spread of antibiotic resistance.


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Model Predicts Zoonotic Hot Spots

By Kerry Grens | May 19, 2015

The midwestern U.S. and central Asia are at high risk for new disease outbreaks from pathogen-bearing rodents, according to a study.

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Maturation of the Infant Microbiome

By Kerry Grens | May 13, 2015

Gut microbial communities from breastfed babies are slow to resemble adults’ microbiota.


image: Prokaryotic Microbes with Eukaryote-like Genes Found

Prokaryotic Microbes with Eukaryote-like Genes Found

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 6, 2015

Deep-sea microbes possess hallmarks of eukaryotic cells, hinting at a common ancestor for archaea and eukaryotes.

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