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Lost Colonies

By Anna Azvolinsky | October 1, 2015

Next-generation sequencing has identified scores of new microorganisms, but getting even abundant bacterial species to grow in the lab has proven challenging.

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Mislabeled Genomes to be Fixed

By Kerry Grens | September 29, 2015

Conference elicits buzz about the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s efforts to clean up genome entries.         

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Polar Dino Discovered

By Bob Grant | September 28, 2015

Researchers working in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, have unearthed the northernmost species of dinosaur ever found.

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Local Microbes Give Wine Character

By Ruth Williams | September 24, 2015

Yeast strains from different regions of New Zealand generate wines with varying chemistries.

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Tree of Life v1.0

By Jef Akst | September 22, 2015

Researchers map 2.3 million species in a single phylogeny. 

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Skin Microbes Help Clear Infection

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 16, 2015

In a small study, researchers find a link between an individual’s skin microbiome and the ability to clear a bacterial infection. 

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Traditional Medicine for Leishmaniasis

By Kerry Grens | September 14, 2015

A plant used in traditional Mayan remedies to cure the parasitic infection produces a potent compound.

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Another Ancient Giant Virus Discovered

By Tracy Vence | September 14, 2015

From the same Siberian permafrost where three others were previously discovered, scientists find a fourth type of giant virus.

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New Homo Species Found

By Bobby Bascomb | September 10, 2015

Researchers describe H. naledi, an ancient human ancestor of unknown age that may have buried its dead.

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Telltale Mouth Microbes

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | September 9, 2015

The composition of the plaque microbiome can reveal a child’s risk of dental caries months before the decay appears, according to a study.

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