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Underground Immunity

By Kara Manke | July 16, 2015

Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 


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Microbiome Teams Up Against C. diff

By Jef Akst | July 14, 2015

Researchers build a mathematical model that can predict whether a mouse will be infected by Clostridium difficile based on the microbes found in its GI tract.

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Toward Blood-based Cancer Detection

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 7, 2015

Circulating tumor cells, exosomes, and DNA can improve the diagnosis of many cancers. But are liquid biopsies ready for prime time?

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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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CF Gene Therapy Shows Promise

By Jef Akst | July 6, 2015

The results of a Phase 2 trial suggest that delivering normal copies of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis may slow lung decline.


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Police Sketches Via DNA

By Kerry Grens | July 1, 2015

For assistance in solving crimes, a company has developed a service that will construct a face based on a genetic sample.


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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | July 1, 2015

Stoned, Anxious, The Deeper Genome, and Testosterone


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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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Metazoans in the DNAi Club

By Amanda B. Keener | July 1, 2015

A chance discovery results in the first report of DNA-based gene silencing in an animal.


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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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