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The Dark Side of Melanin

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 19, 2015

Researchers uncover a previously unknown way UV light can act on melanin, spurring cancer-causing mutations hours after sun exposure.


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Signs of Sleep Deprivation in the Blood

By Bob Grant | February 11, 2015

Circulating fats and acids drop in people and rats that aren’t getting enough sleep.

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Subway Microbiome

By Jef Akst | February 9, 2015

Researchers document the bacterial life living among New York City’s transit stations.


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Stubbornly Persistent

By Mary Beth Aberlin | February 1, 2015

Microorganisms continually challenge our assumptions of what life can achieve.

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The Energy of Life

By Jeffrey Marlow and Jan Amend | February 1, 2015

Extremophiles should not be viewed through an anthropocentric lens; what’s extreme for us may be a perfectly comfortable environment for a microbe.


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Crystal Structure, Murky Function

By Ruth Williams | January 29, 2015

Scientists have determined the crystal structures of bacterial translocator proteins, but their functions remain unclear.


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UV Light Doesn’t Fully Purify

By Jef Akst | January 28, 2015

Using ultraviolet light to disinfect drinking water may simply drive bacteria to dormancy, rather than kill them.


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Interferon Discoverer Dies

By Kerry Grens | January 26, 2015

Jean Lindemann, the virologist who helped figure out that interferons were responsible for anti-viral responses, has passed away at age 90.


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Human Proteome Mapped Again

By Anna Azvolinsky | January 22, 2015

Researchers complete another interactive protein atlas, boosting the number of publicly available maps of human protein expression levels.


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GMO “Kill Switches”

By Kerry Grens | January 21, 2015

Scientists design bacteria reliant upon synthetic amino acids to contain genetically modified organisms.


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