FDA, microbiology
FDA Approves 3-D–Printed Drug
FDA Approves 3-D–Printed Drug
Jef Akst | Aug 4, 2015
The US Food and Drug Administration green lights the first medicine produced by a 3-D printer for use in the human body.
Subway Microbiome Study Revised
Subway Microbiome Study Revised
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 4, 2015
Researchers tone down their highly publicized study that reported the presence of deadly pathogens on New York City subways.
TB Traces
TB Traces
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2015
Take a trip to the mummy museum in Vác, Hungary, to see the human remains that helped researchers learn more about the origins of tuberculosis in Europe.
Anthrax Sent in Error to 86 Labs
Anthrax Sent in Error to 86 Labs
Kerry Grens | Jul 29, 2015
A US Army lab shipped live spores of the deadly bacterium because of improper irradiation protocols, a Department of Defense review has found.
Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 22, 2015
In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.
Underground Immunity
Underground Immunity
Kara Manke | Jul 16, 2015
Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 
Microbiome Teams Up Against <em>C. diff</em>
Microbiome Teams Up Against C. diff
Jef Akst | Jul 14, 2015
Researchers build a mathematical model that can predict whether a mouse will be infected by Clostridium difficile based on the microbes found in its GI tract.
Evolution of Kin Discrimination
Evolution of Kin Discrimination
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 6, 2015
A bacterium’s ability to distinguish self from non-self can arise spontaneously, a study shows, reigniting questions of whether the trait can be considered an adaptation.
FDA OKs Herpes Blood Test
FDA OKs Herpes Blood Test
Kerry Grens | Jul 6, 2015
The US Food and Drug Administration approves Theranos’s fingerstick test for herpes.
Gutless Worm
Gutless Worm
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2015
Meet the digestive tract–lacking oligochaete that has fueled Max Planck researcher Nicole Dubilier’s interest in symbiosis and marine science.