genomics, microbiology
Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach
Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach
Tracy Vence | Mar 31, 2016
Boston-based Commense plans to develop microbial and nonmicrobial interventions aimed at improving child health.
Contacts May Affect Eye Microbiome
Contacts May Affect Eye Microbiome
Jef Akst | Mar 23, 2016
The bacterial communities in the eyes of contact lens wearers resemble those of the skin, according to a study. 
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