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Book Excerpt from Natural Defense

By Emily Monosson | July 17, 2017

In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.

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At Harvard University the chemical biologist looks for new metabolic pathways to investigate how gut bacteria interact with one another and their hosts.

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Microbe Maven

By The Scientist Staff | July 17, 2017

Meet Scientist to Watch Emily Balskus, who studies the microbes that inhabit humans.

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Microbiota Manipulations

By Ruth Williams | July 17, 2017

Two research teams develop tools for tinkering with a bacterial genus prominent in human guts.

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Using single-cell RNA sequencing, scientists characterize new populations of dendritic cells and monocytes.

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Messing with the Microbiome

By Ruth Williams | July 17, 2017

Two new techniques allow researchers to manipulate the activity of gut bacteria. 

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Mini-Metagenomics Leads to Microbial Discovery

By Abby Olena | July 14, 2017

Researchers develop a method that combines the strengths of shotgun metagenomics and single-cell genome sequencing in a microfluidics-based platform.

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T Cells That Drive Toxic Shock in Mice Identified

By Ashley Yeager | June 20, 2017

Overzealous activity by mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells in response to bacterial toxins can lead to illness instead of stopping it.

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The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.

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Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.

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