marine life, microbiology
Evolution of Fish Bioluminescence
Evolution of Fish Bioluminescence
Tanya Lewis | Jun 9, 2016
Fish evolved to make their own light at least 27 times, according to a study.
Students Study Their Own Microbiomes
Students Study Their Own Microbiomes
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2016
Pooping into a petri dish is becoming standard practice as part of some college biology courses.
Gut Bacteria for Insect RNAi
Gut Bacteria for Insect RNAi
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2016
Lacing insect food with microbes encoding double-stranded RNAs can suppress insect gene expression.
Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung
Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung
Tracy Vence | May 25, 2016
Researchers assess some of the downstream effects of treating livestock with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
Study Linking Food Additives to Inflammation Corrected
Study Linking Food Additives to Inflammation Corrected
Tracy Vence | May 19, 2016
Post-publication peer review prompts the authors to clarify the ages of mice used in their experiments and share additional data.
Sea Star Comeback?
Sea Star Comeback?
Jef Akst | May 9, 2016
Hordes of baby sea stars on the Pacific coast survived the summer and winter of 2015—promising news about populations that have been devastated by a wasting disease.
Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome
Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome
Amanda B. Keener | May 9, 2016
A drug that singles out Staphylococcus aureus leaves gut-dwelling microbiota largely intact, a mouse study shows.
Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured
Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 4, 2016
Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.
Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species
Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species
Catherine Offord | May 4, 2016
A new analysis of microbial data estimates that the world is home to 1 trillion species—of which only 0.001 percent have been discovered.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | May 1, 2016
Sorting the Beef from the Bull, Cheats and Deceits, A Sea of Glass, and Following the Wild Bees