bacteria and DNA molecules on a purple background.
Engineering the Microbiome: CRISPR Leads the Way
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 10+ min read
Scientists have genetically modified isolated microbes for decades. Now, using CRISPR, they intend to target entire microbiomes.
Infographic: Engineering Microbiomes with CRISPR
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 2 min read
Researchers are using CRISPR for precise genetic manipulation of human-associated microbes as a promising avenue for improving human health.
<em >The Scientist</em>&rsquo;s Journal Club: Infectious Diseases
The Scientist’s Journal Club: Infectious Diseases
The Scientist | 1 min read
Scientists present the latest research on infection prevention and treatment, including COVID-19 and tropical infectious diseases.
<style type="text/css" >p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.8px Helvetica; color: #000000}</style>Purple cartoon of candida auris with lines pointing places the bacteria clings to in a hospital, like a wheelchair, bed, skin, and catheter.&nbsp;
Seeking Solutions for a Sticky Situation
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Mar 1, 2024 | 2 min read
To cling to everything from catheters to skin, Candida auris uses a unique approach.
The illustration shows adipocytes, cells of the adipose tissue, and Trypanosoma brucei parasites that occupy the extracellular spaces between the cells.
Lose the Fat and Curb Parasitic Infection
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Mar 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Trypanosoma brucei infection induces fat breakdown, but this strategy benefits the host. 
Fecal Microbiota Transplants: From Gut Infections to Psychiatric Disorders
The Scientist | 1 min read
Fecal transplants may help scientists improve current treatment strategies for anorexia nervosa.
3D illustration of Leishmania parasite against a black background.
Survival of the Fittest Parasite
Laura Tran, PhD | Mar 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Ever the resourceful parasite, Leishmania co-opts a natural antibody from blood to breed.
Electric Bacteria: Out of the Darkness and into the Light
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Feb 29, 2024 | 6 min read
Once obscure mud microbes inspire a new generation of living electronics.
What Lies Beneath: Wastewater Testing for Pathogens
What Lies Beneath: Wastewater Testing for Pathogens
The Scientist | 1 min read
Michael Wiley will discuss detecting pathogens in communities through wastewater surveillance programs.
Oxidation Signals Tardigrades to Enter Hibernation
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Feb 27, 2024 | 4 min read
Water bears survive some of Earth’s harshest conditions by relying on their own chemical alarms.
Cartoon of the gut with different colored bacteria and a magnifying glass hovering over part of the gut.
Humans Rely on Gut Bacteria for an Enzyme that Prevents Jaundice
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Feb 16, 2024 | 5 min read
An absence of bilirubin-producing gut microbes may predispose individuals to some diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease.
What Could Cause the Next Pandemic?
What Could Cause the Next Pandemic?
The Scientist | 2 min read
Scientists prepare for the future by filling in the research gaps between zoonotic viral reservoirs, emerging viruses, and human immune defenses.
An illustration of a small number of virus particles on a blurred background.
A New Piece in the HIV Replication Puzzle
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Feb 14, 2024 | 4 min read
A host lipid-modifying enzyme plays a key role in HIV envelope formation, viral maturation, and infectivity. 
3D illustration of greenish-brown rod-shaped bacteria.
A Novel Molecule to Tackle Drug-Resistant Bugs
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Feb 12, 2024 | 4 min read
A new antibiotic is the first to block a critical transport mechanism in drug-resistant bacteria.
Scientist working in a biosafety cabinet
Cell Culture Conquests: Finding and Defeating the Invisible Enemy
The Scientist and MilliporeSigma | 3 min read
Cutting-edge reagents, kits, and techniques provide a robust solution to cell culture mycoplasma contamination.
Punctual Proteins Aid Parasites
Laura Tran, PhD | Feb 1, 2024 | 3 min read
A protein’s timely appearance is crucial for Toxoplasma gondii’s unique replication cycle.
Different types of finger food
Why Do Travelers Get Upset Stomachs?
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Feb 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Diet influences the microbiome. When new foods enter the mix, it gets complicated.
Discover the microbiome&rsquo;s role in diabetes&nbsp;
A Question of Balance: How the Gut Microbiome Influences Diabetes
The Scientist | 1 min read
The presence of beneficial or detrimental microbes pulls the host toward health or disease.
cartoon gut microbes
Standardizing Gut Microbiome Studies
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Jan 24, 2024 | 2 min read
NIST has spent years developing a human fecal reference material.
Setting Standards for Stool
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Jan 19, 2024 | 10+ min read
Microbiome studies have yielded hundreds of ideas for ways to detect and influence human health, but the field struggles with reproducibility challenges that hamper bringing these goals to fruition. Identical tubes of fecal matter should help.