drug development, microbiology, genetics & genomics
Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts
Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 1, 2018
The bat version of the STING protein helps dampen the mammals' immune response to infection, researchers have found.
Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics
Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2018
Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique  biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Abby Olena | May 31, 2018
Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.
Aging-Related Diseases May Be a Negative Outcome of Human Evolution
Aging-Related Diseases May Be a Negative Outcome of Human Evolution
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 31, 2018
Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.  
Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science
Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science
Jessica Wright | May 30, 2018
LabCorp might be able to charge a licensing fee to any scientists who wish to sequence the gene HOMER1 in people who may have autism.
Image of the Day: Agar Art
Image of the Day: Agar Art
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 30, 2018
The American Society for Microbiology held its 4th contest for images created from microorganisms feeding on agar. 
New Treatments for Phenylketonuria Aim to Loosen Reins on Strict Diet
New Treatments for Phenylketonuria Aim to Loosen Reins on Strict Diet
Diana Kwon | May 29, 2018
Biotechs have developed enzyme replacements and genetically modified probiotics to treat patients with the rare metabolic disorder.
Placental Health Influences Baby’s Future Schizophrenia Risk, Study Suggests
Placental Health Influences Baby’s Future Schizophrenia Risk, Study Suggests
Shawna Williams | May 29, 2018
Complications during pregnancy may act via the placenta to magnify the effects of genetic risk factors.
Another Retraction for Discredited Researcher
Another Retraction for Discredited Researcher
Jim Daley | May 25, 2018
Robert Ryan was forced to resign from the University of Dundee in 2016 following an investigation of misconduct.
Bioluminescent Bacteria in a Wifi Pill Track Gut Health in Pigs
Bioluminescent Bacteria in a Wifi Pill Track Gut Health in Pigs
Kerry Grens | May 24, 2018
The micro-bio-electronic device combines bacteria that can detect certain molecules along with wifi-connected electrical outputs.