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Counting Cells

By Jef Akst | January 11, 2016

A person likely carries the same number of human and microbial cells, according to a new estimate.

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All Together Now

By Mary Beth Aberlin | January 1, 2016

Understanding the biological roots of cooperation might help resolve some of the biggest scientific challenges we face.

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Picking Up the Pace

By Kate Yandell | January 1, 2016

FDA designations promise to expedite the approval of drugs for conditions ranging from infectious disease to cancer.

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Researchers Accused of Spreading Disease

By Bob Grant | December 21, 2015

Italian scientists are under investigation for allegedly worsening the transmission of a pathogen that is decimating olive groves in Puglia.

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Diagnostics Group Refutes FDA’s Concerns

By Kerry Grens | December 17, 2015

The Association for Molecular Pathology finds fault in the agency’s report on safety issues associated with certain lab tests.

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Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity

By Jef Akst | December 9, 2015

Commensal bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tracts of cockroaches lace the insects’ feces with chemical cues that mediate social behavior, according to a study.

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Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs

By Kerry Grens | December 6, 2015

The popular type 2 diabetes drug may cause profound changes in patients’ microbiomes.

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Fatal-Disease Drug in Limbo

By Jef Akst | November 25, 2015

A panel of experts advised the US Food and Drug Administration that BioMarin Pharmaceutical has not demonstrated efficacy of its new drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies

By Kerry Grens | November 24, 2015

One large provider says the shortfall should clear up by early 2016.

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Blood-Gut Barrier

By Ruth Williams | November 12, 2015

Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.

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