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Buzzed Honeybees

By Karen Zusi | October 20, 2015

Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.

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One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened

By Karen Zusi | October 6, 2015

A global assessment of declining cacti populations places responsibility on increasing human activities.

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Microbiome Meals

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | October 1, 2015

Researchers identify a handful of genes that help bacteria in the mouse gut adapt to dietary changes.

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Gut Bacteria Linked to Asthma Risk

By Jef Akst | October 1, 2015

Four types of gut bacteria found in babies’ stool may help researchers predict the future development of asthma.

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Cultural Riches

By Anna Azvolinsky | October 1, 2015

Researchers devise new techniques to facilitate growing bacteria collected from the environment.

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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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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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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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