digital PCR, microbiology, ecology
Viral Demise of an Algal Bloom
Viral Demise of an Algal Bloom
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 21, 2014
Marine viruses may be key players in the death of massive algal blooms that emerge in the ocean, a study shows.
Microbes in a Tar Pit
Microbes in a Tar Pit
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 8, 2014
Microdroplets of water in a natural asphalt lake are home to active microbial life, a study shows.
Meal Plans
Meal Plans
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Aug 1, 2014
Bacterial populations’ differing strategies for responding to their environment can set genetic routes to speciation.
Metagenomics Mash-Up
Metagenomics Mash-Up
Kelly Rae Chi | Aug 1, 2014
A tour of the newest software and strategies for analyzing microbial and viral communities
Small Packages
Small Packages
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2014
When proverbs come true
The Body’s Ecosystem
The Body’s Ecosystem
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2014
Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.
Abundant, Widespread Virus Discovered
Abundant, Widespread Virus Discovered
Jef Akst | Jul 29, 2014
Scientists identify a bacteriophage that is highly abundant in the gut bacteria of people around the world.
Week in Review: July 21–25
Week in Review: July 21–25
Tracy Vence | Jul 25, 2014
Blood-based Alzheimer’s diagnostics; CRISPR cuts out HIV; Leishmania and the sand fly microbiome; deconstructing the lionfish science fair debacle
Super Sniffers?
Super Sniffers?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 24, 2014
African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 
Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project
Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project
Bob Grant | Jul 23, 2014
A former graduate student says he feels slighted by a failure to attribute his contributions to a line of research regarding the salinity tolerances of an invasive species.