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New Legs to Stand On

By Mary Beth Aberlin | June 1, 2015

Reconstructing the past using ancient DNA

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Not So Noncoding

By Jenny Rood | June 1, 2015

An RNA thought to be noncoding in fact encodes a small protein that regulates calcium uptake in muscle.

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Touchy Feely

By Kerry Grens | June 1, 2015

Physical contact helps determine who’s present among baboons’ gut bacteria.

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WHO OKs Plan to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

By Tracy Vence | May 27, 2015

World Health Organization officials endorse a global strategy to combat the spread of antibiotic resistance.

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Model Predicts Zoonotic Hot Spots

By Kerry Grens | May 19, 2015

The midwestern U.S. and central Asia are at high risk for new disease outbreaks from pathogen-bearing rodents, according to a study.

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Maturation of the Infant Microbiome

By Kerry Grens | May 13, 2015

Gut microbial communities from breastfed babies are slow to resemble adults’ microbiota.

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Prokaryotic Microbes with Eukaryote-like Genes Found

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 6, 2015

Deep-sea microbes possess hallmarks of eukaryotic cells, hinting at a common ancestor for archaea and eukaryotes.

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Scanning for SIV’s Sanctuaries

By Ruth Williams | May 1, 2015

Whole-body immunoPET scans of SIV-infected macaques reveal where the replicating virus hides.  

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Show Me Your Moves

By Marissa Fessenden | May 1, 2015

Updated classics and new techniques help microbiologists get up close and quantitative.

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The Origins of O

By Kerry Grens | May 1, 2015

A strain of HIV that has afflicted more than 100,000 people emerged from gorillas.

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