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Jet Lag Upsets Gut Microbes

By Bob Grant | October 17, 2014

Frequent airplane travel may contribute to obesity by throwing off circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the intestinal microbiome, according to a new study.


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By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | October 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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The Ocular Microbiome

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | October 1, 2014

Researchers are beginning to study in depth the largely uncharted territory of the eye’s microbial composition.


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Soil Microbiome of Central Park

By Jef Akst | September 30, 2014

Nearly 600 soil samples from New York City’s famous park reveal that the urban environment harbors just as much biodiversity as natural ecosystems across the globe.

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Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity

By Molly Sharlach | September 23, 2014

Lengthy stints in intensive care units pare down patients’ gut microflora, a study shows.


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Small Molecule Superstore

By Molly Sharlach | September 15, 2014

An analysis of bacterial sequences from the Human Microbiome Project has uncovered thousands of biosynthetic gene clusters.


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Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms

By Ruth Williams | September 11, 2014

Farms support less phylogenetically diverse bird populations than forests, but some farms are better than others.


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Six-Legged Syringes

By Yao-Hua Law | September 1, 2014

Researchers whose work requires that they draw blood from wild animals are finding unlikely collaborators in biting insects.


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The Iceman Cometh

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | September 1, 2014

Meet Ötzi, the Copper Age ice man who is helping scientists reconstruct changes in the population genetics of the red deer he hunted.


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This Bug Sucks

By Yao-Hua Law | September 1, 2014

An assassin bug, which some researchers are using as living syringes to sample blood from birds and mammals, feeds on a bat.


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