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Students Study Their Own Microbiomes

By Jef Akst | June 1, 2016

Pooping into a petri dish is becoming standard practice as part of some college biology courses.

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image: Gut Bacteria for Insect RNAi

Gut Bacteria for Insect RNAi

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2016

Lacing insect food with microbes encoding double-stranded RNAs can suppress insect gene expression.

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Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung

By Tracy Vence | May 25, 2016

Researchers assess some of the downstream effects of treating livestock with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

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Post-publication peer review prompts the authors to clarify the ages of mice used in their experiments and share additional data.

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image: Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome

Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome

By Amanda B. Keener | May 9, 2016

A drug that singles out Staphylococcus aureus leaves gut-dwelling microbiota largely intact, a mouse study shows.

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Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 4, 2016

Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.

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image: Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species

Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species

By Catherine Offord | May 4, 2016

A new analysis of microbial data estimates that the world is home to 1 trillion species—of which only 0.001 percent have been discovered.

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Becoming Acculturated

By Jeffrey M. Perkel | May 1, 2016

Techniques for deep dives into the microbial dark matter

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image: Microbial Ice-Makers

Microbial Ice-Makers

By Jef Akst | April 26, 2016

How one bacterium turns water into ice at nonfreezing temperatures

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Branching Out

By Ashley P. Taylor | April 11, 2016

Researchers create a new tree of life, largely composed of mystery bacteria.

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