disease & medicine, microbiology, ecology
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.
 
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?
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.
Genomic Methylation Collector
Genomic Methylation Collector
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 22, 2012
A parasitic worm accumulates epigenetic DNA tags over its lifetime.  
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.