genomics, microbiology
Origins of Dysentery
Origins of Dysentery
Bob Grant | Mar 22, 2016
A new genomic analysis reveals that the pathogen responsible for the gastrointestinal disease likely originated in Europe and hitched a ride to new lands with settlers.
Microbial Recycler Found
Microbial Recycler Found
Bob Grant | Mar 14, 2016
Researchers discover a new species of bacteria that can break down a commonly used plastic.
Opinion: A Mother’s Microbes
Opinion: A Mother’s Microbes
Rob Knight and Jack Gilbert | Mar 3, 2016
On “vaginal seeding” and the challenge of evidence-based parenting
Amoebae Have Human-Like Immunity
Amoebae Have Human-Like Immunity
Jef Akst | Mar 2, 2016
Dictyostelium discoideum produce extracellular nets that can kill bacteria, just as phagocytes in people and other higher animals do, according to a study.
Giant Virus Has CRISPR-like Immune Defense
Giant Virus Has CRISPR-like Immune Defense
Kerry Grens | Mar 2, 2016
The genome of a mimivirus strain resistant to a virophage has repeated phage sequences alongside nuclease- and helicase-coding sections.
Spoiler Alert
Spoiler Alert
Wudan Yan | Mar 1, 2016
How to store microbiome samples without losing or altering diversity
Similar Data, Different Conclusions
Similar Data, Different Conclusions
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 23, 2016
By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Catherine Offord | Feb 22, 2016
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Breast Milk Sugars Support Infant Gut Health
Breast Milk Sugars Support Infant Gut Health
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 18, 2016
Oligosaccharides found in breast milk stimulate the activity of gut bacteria, promoting growth in two animal models of infant malnutrition.
Contributors
Contributors
Karen Zusi | Feb 1, 2016
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2016 issue of The Scientist.