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Beyond the Blueprint

By Mark A. Genung, Jennifer A. Schweitzer, and Joseph K. Bailey | September 1, 2014

In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems.


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Subglacial Ecosystem

By Jef Akst | August 22, 2014

Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.


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Viral Demise of an Algal Bloom

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 21, 2014

Marine viruses may be key players in the death of massive algal blooms that emerge in the ocean, a study shows.


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Microbes in a Tar Pit

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 8, 2014

Microdroplets of water in a natural asphalt lake are home to active microbial life, a study shows.

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Meal Plans

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | August 1, 2014

Bacterial populations’ differing strategies for responding to their environment can set genetic routes to speciation.

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Metagenomics Mash-Up

By Kelly Rae Chi | August 1, 2014

A tour of the newest software and strategies for analyzing microbial and viral communities


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Small Packages

By Mary Beth Aberlin | August 1, 2014

When proverbs come true


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The Body’s Ecosystem

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2014

Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.


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Abundant, Widespread Virus Discovered

By Jef Akst | July 29, 2014

Scientists identify a bacteriophage that is highly abundant in the gut bacteria of people around the world.


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Week in Review: July 21–25

By Tracy Vence | July 25, 2014

Blood-based Alzheimer’s diagnostics; CRISPR cuts out HIV; Leishmania and the sand fly microbiome; deconstructing the lionfish science fair debacle


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