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Slime Mold in Residence

By Ashley P. Taylor | March 2, 2018

At Hampshire College, students and faculty use the amoeba Physarum polycephalum—both a “visiting scholar” and a model organism—to examine human societal and political quandaries.  

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A molecule produced by a strain of Staphylococcus epidermis interferes with DNA synthesis.

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In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.

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Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 1, 2018

After discovering a novel organelle found in protozoan parasites, the University of Pennsylvania’s Roos created a widely used eukaryotic pathogen database.

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Image of the Day: Tardigrades!

By The Scientist Staff | February 13, 2018

The microscopic water bears will be featured in an exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History beginning Saturday, February 17.

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Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders

By Abby Olena | February 2, 2018

In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. 

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The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.

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Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.

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Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities

By Davide Bulgarelli | February 1, 2018

Like animals, plants host communities of microbes that influence a wide variety of their biological processes.

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The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.

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