immunology, developmental biology, microbiology
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.
More Support for Allergen-Exposure Strategy
More Support for Allergen-Exposure Strategy
Jef Akst | Mar 8, 2016
A second study finds evidence that feeding children peanuts could help prevent them from developing allergies to the legume later in life.
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
Viral Remnants Help Regulate Human Immunity
Viral Remnants Help Regulate Human Immunity
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Mar 3, 2016
Endogenous retroviruses in the human genome can regulate genes involved in innate immune responses.
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
Mutations Not Tied to Metastasis
Mutations Not Tied to Metastasis
Kerry Grens | Feb 25, 2016
Clinical cases link immune changes to a cancer’s spread through the body, but find no role for so-called “driver” mutations.