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A Movable Defense

By Eugene V. Koonin and Mart Krupovic | January 1, 2015

In the evolutionary arms race between pathogens and hosts, genetic elements known as transposons are regularly recruited as assault weapons for cellular defense.

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Picturing Infection

By Kelly Rae Chi | January 1, 2015

Whole-animal, light-based imaging of infected small mammals

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Stress Fractures

By Daniel Cossins | January 1, 2015

Social adversity shapes humans’ immune systems—and probably their susceptibility to disease—by altering the expression of large groups of genes.

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Measuring DNA with a Smartphone

By Jef Akst | December 23, 2014

A new microscope attachment can allow smartphone users to take a closer look at fluorescently labeled DNA.

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Imagining a “World Without Microbes”

By Tracy Vence | December 18, 2014

Eradication of microbial disease likely accompanied by poor quality of life for remaining species

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Reprogramming Redux

By Anna Azvolinsky | December 18, 2014

Can mechanical forces alone be manipulated to create stem-like cells?

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Microbes Could Help Solve Sex Crimes

By Kerry Grens | December 17, 2014

Microbial species found in pubic hair samples could help track down criminals.

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Honeybee Compound for Hair Loss?

By Jef Akst | December 11, 2014

Propolis, a natural product used by honeybees to repair their hives, stimulates hair growth in shaved mice.

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Enzyme Design

By Jef Akst | December 3, 2014

Researchers create synthetic enzymes in the lab, encoded by artificial genetic material.

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Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2014

By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

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