bacteria, ecology, developmental biology
Bacteria Kamikazes
Bacteria Kamikazes
Kelly Rae Chi | Aug 16, 2011
Researchers design a synthetic bacterium that kills the infectious microbe Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sacrificing itself in the process.
Fair Trade at Plant Roots
Kerry Grens | Aug 11, 2011
Plant and fungal symbionts swap more resources with partners that provide a greater return of nutrients.
Next Generation: Hundreds of Cell-Analyses at Once
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 11, 2011
A new microfluidics chip lets researchers analyze the nucleic acids of 300 individual cells simultaneously.
Arsenic-Based Life, Open to Critique
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 10, 2011
A researcher is repeating the controversial experiments that suggested a bacterium used arsenic rather than phosphorus in its DNA—with the world watching.
A Chronic Lyme Biomarker?
Bob Grant | Aug 8, 2011
Researchers identify an antibody profile that may mark patients who suffer persistent symptoms of the tick-borne disease.
Lab-Grown Sperm
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 4, 2011
Healthy mice are born from germ cell precursors grown in vitro.
Bellybutton Bugs
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 4, 2011
Researchers take pictures and analyze bacterial cultures from the bellybuttons of hundreds of American volunteers.
The Root of the Problem
Richard D. Bardgett | Aug 1, 2011
New research suggests that the flow of carbon through plants to underground ecosystems may be crucial to how the environment responds to climate change.
From the Ground Up
From the Ground Up
Richard D. Bardgett | Aug 1, 2011
As the planet warms plant growth will likely increase—locking up some of that extra carbon dioxide by converting it into vegetative biomass—but that’s not the whole story. 
Seirian Sumner: Wasp Whisperer
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 1, 2011
Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, London. Age: 37