death, microbiology
Brain Bugs
Brain Bugs
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2017
Neuropharmacologist John Cryan of University College of Cork in Ireland explains the links between the microbiome and the central nervous system.
Infographic: Brain Infection and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology
Infographic: Brain Infection and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology
Jill U. Adams | Aug 31, 2017
Emerging evidence links bacterial or viral infection with the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan
A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan
Sandhya Sekar | Aug 28, 2017
E. coli that make indoles protect older worms, flies, and mice from frailty. 
The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem
The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 24, 2017
A Northwestern University plague researcher has been charged with a brutal murder. Here’s what we know about him.
Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding
Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding
Jef Akst | Aug 24, 2017
A group of Danish obstetricians notes that the procedure carries risks and that there is little evidence supporting its benefits to the infant microbiome. 
Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons
Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons
Abby Olena | Aug 24, 2017
The composition of the gut microbiota varies by time of year and is more diverse than that of industrialized groups.
Interactive Infographic: The Global Business of Dying
Interactive Infographic: The Global Business of Dying
Catherine Offord | Aug 16, 2017
Throughout the world, laws governing how terminally ill patients can choose to die vary widely.
Interactive Infographic: State Laws for Medical Aid-in-Dying
Interactive Infographic: State Laws for Medical Aid-in-Dying
Catherine Offord | Aug 16, 2017
In six states and the District of Columbia, terminally ill patients can get a perscription for a life-ending drug, and several additional states are considering legalizing the practice.
Accessing Drugs for Medical Aid-in-Dying
Accessing Drugs for Medical Aid-in-Dying
Catherine Offord | Aug 16, 2017
A fraught market for the barbiturates prescribed to terminally ill patients who choose to end their lives has physicians turning to options outside big pharma.
Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants
Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 16, 2017
An oral mix of a pre- and probiotic can decrease deaths from the condition, according to the results of a large clinical trial conducted in rural India.