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Crossing Boundaries

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 1, 2014

A groundbreaker in the study of Listeria monocytogenes, Pascale Cossart continues to build her research tool kit to understand how to fight such intracellular human pathogens.

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Entry Requirements

By Nicholette Zeliadt | September 1, 2014

Recent developments in cell transfection and molecular delivery technologies

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Subglacial Ecosystem

By Jef Akst | August 22, 2014

Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.

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How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By Ruth Williams | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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Viral Demise of an Algal Bloom

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 21, 2014

Marine viruses may be key players in the death of massive algal blooms that emerge in the ocean, a study shows.

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Microbes in a Tar Pit

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 8, 2014

Microdroplets of water in a natural asphalt lake are home to active microbial life, a study shows.

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Contributors

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 1, 2014

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

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Metagenomics Mash-Up

By Kelly Rae Chi | August 1, 2014

A tour of the newest software and strategies for analyzing microbial and viral communities

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Small Packages

By Mary Beth Aberlin | August 1, 2014

When proverbs come true

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A Vaulted Mystery

By Eufemia S. Putortì and Massimo P. Crippa | August 1, 2014

Nearly 30 years after the discovery of tiny barrel-shape structures called vaults, their natural functions remain elusive. Nevertheless, researchers are beginning to put these nanoparticles to work in biomedicine.

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