disease & medicine, microbiology, ecology
Microbial Life Beneath the Ice
Microbial Life Beneath the Ice
Jef Akst | Nov 27, 2012
Researchers uncover a diverse microbial community living beneath 27 meters of ice in Antarctica’s Lake Vida.
Old New Species
Old New Species
Edyta Zielinska | Nov 20, 2012
Decades can pass between the discovery of a new animal or plant and its official debut in the scientific literature.
No Sex Required
No Sex Required
Edyta Zielinska | Nov 19, 2012
An all-female species, distantly related to flatworms, steals all of genetic material it needs to diversify its genome.
Navel Bugs
Navel Bugs
Beth Marie Mole | Nov 12, 2012
A new study reveals a large mix of microbes in most human belly buttons.  
Setback for Malaria Vaccine
Setback for Malaria Vaccine
Edyta Zielinska | Nov 9, 2012
The malaria vaccine under development by GSK and the PATH initiative only protects about one in three babies, though some researchers say those odds are better than nothing.
Extra Vaccine Halts Mumps Outbreak
Extra Vaccine Halts Mumps Outbreak
Dan Cossins | Nov 8, 2012
A third dose of the MMR vaccine given during an intense outbreak appears to have provided herd-immunity to control the spread of the disease.
The Birthday Conference
The Birthday Conference
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2012
Snapshots from an annual meeting that celebrates the birth of a prominent biologist
Microbial Awakening
Microbial Awakening
Hayley Dunning | Nov 1, 2012
Successive awakening of soil microbes drives a huge pulse of CO2 following the first rain after a dry summer.
Little Fish in a Big Pond
Little Fish in a Big Pond
Ellen K. Pikitch | Nov 1, 2012
Continued overfishing of forage fish such as sardines and herring can result in devastating ecological and economic outcomes.
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.