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TB Traces

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2015

Take a trip to the mummy museum in Vác, Hungary, to see the human remains that helped researchers learn more about the origins of tuberculosis in Europe.

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Anthrax Sent in Error to 86 Labs

By Kerry Grens | July 29, 2015

A US Army lab shipped live spores of the deadly bacterium because of improper irradiation protocols, a Department of Defense review has found.

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Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 22, 2015

In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.

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Underground Immunity

By Kara Manke | July 16, 2015

Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 

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Microbiome Teams Up Against C. diff

By Jef Akst | July 14, 2015

Researchers build a mathematical model that can predict whether a mouse will be infected by Clostridium difficile based on the microbes found in its GI tract.

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Evolution of Kin Discrimination

By Ashley P. Taylor | July 6, 2015

A bacterium’s ability to distinguish self from non-self can arise spontaneously, a study shows, reigniting questions of whether the trait can be considered an adaptation.

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Gutless Worm

By The Scientist Staff | July 1, 2015

Meet the digestive tract–lacking oligochaete that has fueled Max Planck researcher Nicole Dubilier’s interest in symbiosis and marine science.

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Sold on Symbiosis

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 1, 2015

A love of the ocean lured Nicole Dubilier into science; gutless sea worms and their nurturing bacterial symbionts keep her at the leading edge of marine microbiology.

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Sponging Up Phosphorus

By Jenny Rood | July 1, 2015

Symbiotic bacteria in Caribbean reef sponges store polyphosphate granules, possibly explaining why phosphorous is so scarce in coral reef ecosystems.

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The Sum of Our Parts

By Janice Dietert and Rodney Dietert | July 1, 2015

Putting the microbiome front and center in health care, in preventive strategies, and in health-risk assessments could stem the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases.

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