disease & medicine, microbiology, ecology
A Celebrated Symposium
A Celebrated Symposium
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2012
A conference, started 10 years ago partly as a disease ecologist’s birthday party, has become one of the most valued meetings in the field.
 
Opinion: Fishy Deaths
Opinion: Fishy Deaths
Steven Apfelbaum | Oct 29, 2012
Record fish die-offs in the Midwest call for a fresh look at how humans are disrupting the planet’s essential water cycle.
Bacterial Cocktail Treats Infection
Bacterial Cocktail Treats Infection
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 29, 2012
Mice fed a mix of six strains of bacteria were able to fight a C. difficile infection that causes deadly diarrhea and is resistant to most types of treatment.
Electrical Bacteria
Electrical Bacteria
Jef Akst | Oct 25, 2012
Individuals of a newly discovered microbe species line up end-to-end to form electron transport cables many times their length.
Cranking Up Biosecurity
Cranking Up Biosecurity
Jef Akst | Oct 24, 2012
The federal government tightens regulations on SARS and other deadly viruses, but the changes could hamper research.
Natural-Born Doctors
Natural-Born Doctors
Sabrina Richards | Oct 23, 2012
Bees, sheep, and chimps are just a few of the animals known to self-medicate. Can they teach us about maintaining our own health?
MRSA on the Loose
MRSA on the Loose
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 22, 2012
Wild animals are getting and spreading the deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria.   
Searching for Alien Genomes
Searching for Alien Genomes
Jef Akst | Oct 22, 2012
J. Craig Venter plans to develop a machine to find and sequence DNA on Mars, but another genomics mogul, Jonathan Rothberg, may beat him to it.
Genomic Methylation Collector
Genomic Methylation Collector
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 22, 2012
A parasitic worm accumulates epigenetic DNA tags over its lifetime.  
HIV Evolves Vulnerability
HIV Evolves Vulnerability
Sabrina Richards | Oct 22, 2012
In mutating to evade immune detection, HIV becomes susceptible to detection by different antibodies, suggesting new strategies for vaccination.