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Geneticists Engineer a Virus to Fight Citrus Disease
Diana Kwon | May 17, 2017
Scientists hope to save oranges from a bacterial disease that causes citrus greening, a disease that leads to bitter, discolored fruit.
Study: Microbes from Young Fish Extend Older Fish’s Lives
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2017
Recolonizing middle-aged animals with bacteria from younger ones kept killifish alive longer than usual, researchers report.
Key Regulator of Intestinal Homeostasis Identified
Diana Kwon | Mar 3, 2017
SP140, an epigenetic reader protein mutated in a number of autoimmune disorders, is essential for macrophage function and preventing intestinal inflammation, scientists show.
Study: Babies’ Microbiomes Indifferent to Mode of Delivery
Kerry Grens | Jan 24, 2017
Study of 81 six-week-olds who were born by C-section or vaginal delivery didn’t show differences in the structure or function of their microbiota, despite contrary results from other studies on babies.
A Drug-Resistant Superbug May Be Stealthily Spreading
Diana Kwon | Jan 18, 2017
Person-to-person transmission of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in US hospitals may be occurring without symptoms, a new study suggests.
Amyloid Thwarts Microbial Invaders
Anna Azvolinsky | May 25, 2016
Alzheimer’s disease–associated amyloid-β peptides trap microbes in the brains of mice and in the guts of nematodes, a study shows.
Transplanted Fecal Microbes Stick Around
Tanya Lewis | Apr 28, 2016
Donor bacteria coexist with a recipient’s own for three months after a fecal transplant.
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.
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.
Speaking of Science
Staff | Feb 1, 2016
February 2016's selection of notable quotes