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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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A Cellar’s Cellular Treasure, 1992

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | December 1, 2014

A spring cleaning led to the rediscovery of Theodor Boveri’s microscope slides, presumed lost during World War II.


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Bespoke Cell Jackets

By Ruth Williams | December 1, 2014

Scientists make hydrogel coats for individual cells that can be tailored to specific research questions.


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Microflora for Hire

By Molly Sharlach | December 1, 2014

The guts of cows and termites harbor microbes that are renowned complex-carbohydrate digesters, but the human gastrointestinal tract has flora that just might measure up.


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Polymerase Pieces

By Jef Akst | December 1, 2014

Researchers discover a new subunit of a bacterial RNA polymerase—as well as hints of its potential role in defending against viruses.


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