legal system, ecology, microbiology
Soil Microbiome of Central Park
Soil Microbiome of Central Park
Jef Akst | Sep 30, 2014
Nearly 600 soil samples from New York City’s famous park reveal that the urban environment harbors just as much biodiversity as natural ecosystems across the globe.
Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity
Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity
Molly Sharlach | Sep 23, 2014
Lengthy stints in intensive care units pare down patients’ gut microflora, a study shows.
PubPeer: Pathologist Threatening to Sue Users
PubPeer: Pathologist Threatening to Sue Users
Kate Yandell | Sep 22, 2014
The forum’s founders have obtained legal counsel and are preparing for the possibility of user information being subpoenaed as part of a lawsuit.
Small Molecule Superstore
Small Molecule Superstore
Molly Sharlach | Sep 15, 2014
An analysis of bacterial sequences from the Human Microbiome Project has uncovered thousands of biosynthetic gene clusters.
Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms
Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms
Ruth Williams | Sep 11, 2014
Farms support less phylogenetically diverse bird populations than forests, but some farms are better than others.
Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Promise
Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Promise
Tracy Vence | Sep 2, 2014
ZMapp effectively rescued macaques from Ebola in a small trial, but it could be several months before supplies of the drug meet the growing human demand for it.
Six-Legged Syringes
Six-Legged Syringes
Yao-Hua Law | Sep 1, 2014
Researchers whose work requires that they draw blood from wild animals are finding unlikely collaborators in biting insects.
This Bug Sucks
This Bug Sucks
Yao-Hua Law | Sep 1, 2014
An assassin bug, which some researchers are using as living syringes to sample blood from birds and mammals, feeds on a bat.
The Iceman Cometh
The Iceman Cometh
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 1, 2014
Meet Ötzi, the Copper Age ice man who is helping scientists reconstruct changes in the population genetics of the red deer he hunted.
Splitting Hairs
Splitting Hairs
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 1, 2014
Fragments of mitochondrial DNA from deer hair found on the clothing of an ice-entombed mummy offer a glimpse into Copper Age ecology.