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Opinion: Taxpayers Should Cover Portion of Patent Costs
Federal grant support for technology transfer at universities will strengthen the national innovation system.
Opinion: Taxpayers Should Cover Portion of Patent Costs
Opinion: Taxpayers Should Cover Portion of Patent Costs

Federal grant support for technology transfer at universities will strengthen the national innovation system.

Federal grant support for technology transfer at universities will strengthen the national innovation system.

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When Is an Endosymbiont an Organelle?
Ruth Williams | Oct 3, 2019
The finding that a bacterium within a bacterium within an animal cell cooperates with the host on a biosynthetic pathway suggests the endosymbiont is, practically speaking, an organelle.
Union Says National Lab in Canada Is a Toxic Workplace
Jef Akst | Sep 30, 2019
After a scientist at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg had a mental breakdown that may have contributed to her death in 2016, employees raise red flags about an unhealthy work environment.
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Microbes Shape Circadian Rhythms in the Mouse Gut
Kerry Grens | Sep 27, 2019
The diurnal cycles of the microbiome alter the activity of a protein produced by the host, and in turn guide histone acetylation, gene expression, and metabolic activity.
Image of the Day: Mother Machine
Emily Makowski | Sep 20, 2019
Bacteria grow and divide in microfluidic channels.
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C-Sections Tied to “Stunted” Microbiota in Newborns: Study
Shawna Williams | Sep 18, 2019
Research on hundreds of babies finds the delivery method is linked with a greater abundance of taxa more frequently seen in hospitals.
Gut Microbes Boost Flu Vaccine’s Success: Clinical Trial
Abby Olena | Sep 5, 2019
Antibiotics disrupt the immune response to the influenza vaccine in people who haven’t recently had exposure to the virus or immunization.
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Opinion: Are 71 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers Too Many?
David Rubenson | Aug 29, 2019
A program to encourage transdisciplinary research at top cancer centers has evolved into a counterproductive national strategy for organizing cancer research.
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Image of the Day: Spider Sex
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 26, 2019
Funnel-web spiders change the timing of their distinct courtship behavior depending on what microbes they’re carrying.
Kidd Creek Mine
Microbial Life Discovered 2.4 Km Deep in Canadian Mine
Catherine Offord | Aug 23, 2019
Scientists cultivate sulfate-reducing microbes from some of the oldest-known water on Earth.
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Image of the Day: Baked with Ancient Yeast
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 22, 2019
Scientists extracted 4,500-year-old yeast from Egyptian pottery to use in breadmaking.
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Dreaded Banana-Infecting Fungus Spreads to Latin America
Shawna Williams | Aug 20, 2019
Researchers confirm TR4’s presence in Colombia, increasing concerns about the future of the industry.
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Antibiotic Ineffective Against Citrus Greening: Study
Ashley P. Taylor | Aug 19, 2019
Oxytetracycline, approved by the US government to combat citrus scourge, may not work—at least not as a spray.
Exercise Changes Our Gut Microbes, But How Isn’t Yet Clear
Ashley Yeager | Aug 15, 2019
Physical activity, independent of diet, shifts the composition of bacteria in the intestines, spurring researchers to search for species that might provide benefits akin to working out.
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Image of the Day: Cooperative Sponges
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 15, 2019
Mycale grandis teams up with microbes housed inside it to gather nutrients.
Trial in Africa Probes Antibiotic’s Effects on Child Mortality
Abby Olena | Aug 14, 2019
In Niger, fewer kids die when health workers administer azithromycin routinely, perhaps because of a shift in the composition of gut microbes.
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Elusive Asgard Archaea Finally Cultured in Lab
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 12, 2019
The 12-year-long endeavor reveals Prometheoarchaeum as a tentacled cell, living in a symbiotic relationship with methane-producing microbes.
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Curious Cure: Human Waste
Kendall Powell | Aug 12, 2019
Studies point to the life-saving record of fecal transplants for patients infected with C. diff, despite a recent death. Doctors are now testing the procedure for other conditions.
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Questions Surround Canadian Shipment of Deadly Viruses to China
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 9, 2019
The same Winnipeg lab that sent Ebola and Henipah viruses to Beijing recently removed a number of researchers for an “administrative issue.”
Oceanic Bacteria Trap Vast Amounts of Light Without Chlorophyll
Abby Olena | Aug 8, 2019
Microbes that dwell in nutrient-poor waters use a photopigment called retinal to harvest energy from sunshine at levels at least equal to those stored by chlorophyll-based systems.