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Microbes of the Human Tongue Form Organized Clusters

By | December 5, 2017

Bacteria on the tongue’s surface reside in clumps distinguished by genus, unlike the intermingled communities observed in other tissues.

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Among this year’s winners are a geneticist who revealed how plants respond to shade and a group of physicists who mapped the universe’s background radiation.

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Cataloging Fungal Life in Antarctic Seas

By | December 1, 2017

Brazilian researchers report a relatively large diversity of fungi in marine ecosystems surrounding Antarctica, but warn that climate change could bring unpleasant surprises.

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher’s work will help predict how the Arctic is responding to climate change—and the global effects of those changes.

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image: Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars

Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars

By | December 1, 2017

High levels of radiation, among other health risks, challenge the future colonation of the Red Planet.

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Search for Life on the Red Planet

By | December 1, 2017

Growing evidence points to a once-habitable world—and recent findings suggest that life could exist on Mars today.

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Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria

By | November 27, 2017

Lab experiments and metagenomic analyses of flies’ resident bacteria indicate that the insects carry microbes from place to place on their legs.

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image: Telomere Length and Childhood Stress Don’t Always Correlate

Telomere Length and Childhood Stress Don’t Always Correlate

By | November 17, 2017

Shorter telomere length is widely considered a manifestation of stress in young children, but the results of a new study find it’s more complicated than that.  

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image: Genetic Mutation in Amish Linked to Longer Life

Genetic Mutation in Amish Linked to Longer Life

By | November 16, 2017

Mutations in both copies of SERPINE1 can result in blood clotting disorders, but carriers might enjoy longer lifespan and health benefits. 

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image: Image of the Day: Starved Worm

Image of the Day: Starved Worm

By | November 14, 2017

A heat map of gene expression provides insights on the genes that help C. elegans survive severe caloric restriction.  

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