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Spoiler Alert

By Wudan Yan | March 1, 2016

How to store microbiome samples without losing or altering diversity

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Similar Data, Different Conclusions

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 23, 2016

By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.

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Breast Milk Sugars Support Infant Gut Health

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 18, 2016

Oligosaccharides found in breast milk stimulate the activity of gut bacteria, promoting growth in two animal models of infant malnutrition.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2016

What Should a Clever Moose Eat?, The Illusion of God's Presence, GMO Sapiens, and Why We Snap

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Contributors

By Karen Zusi | February 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2016

February 2016's selection of notable quotes

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The Fungi Within

By Mahmoud Ghannoum | February 1, 2016

Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.

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The Mycobiome

By Mahmoud Ghannoum | February 1, 2016

The largely overlooked resident fungal community plays a critical role in human health and disease.

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Reducing Repetition While Building Biopolymers

By Kate Yandell | January 11, 2016

A free algorithm helps synthetic biologists decide which codons to use to encode repetitive proteins using the least-repetitive DNA sequence possible.

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Counting Cells

By Jef Akst | January 11, 2016

A person likely carries the same number of human and microbial cells, according to a new estimate.

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