A translucent illustration of the BA.2.75 subvariant of SARS-CoV-2 against a black background
Experts Mixed on Risk of “Centaurus” Omicron Subvariant
Dan Robitzski | Aug 15, 2022
BA.2.75 is spreading rampantly in India and has so far reached at least 20 other countries, but it doesn’t seem to be outcompeting other Omicron SARS-CoV-2 subvariants.
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Polio Detected in New York City Wastewater
Andy Carstens | Aug 15, 2022
Analyses suggest the virus has been silently spreading in nearby counties since May.
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The Scientist Speaks - Rising From the Dead: How Antibiotic Resistance Genes Travel Between Current and Past Bacteria
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Jul 25, 2022
Heather Kittredge and Sarah Evans discuss the environmental conditions that facilitate natural transformation in bacteria’s native habitat.  
Newly hatched stinkbugs climbing over a pile of eggs.
Best Bugs: How E. coli Evolves into a Stinkbug Symbiont
Hannah Thomasy | Aug 15, 2022
Experimental evolution study sheds new light on the origin of animal-microbe symbioses and what it takes for bacteria to support their insect hosts.
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What Is This New Langya Virus? Do We Need to Be Worried?
Allen Cheng, The Conversation | Aug 11, 2022
Here’s what we know so far about a new virus detected in eastern China.
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Getting Ahead of the Curve with Microbiological Assays
The Scientist Creative Services Team, Tecan | Jul 5, 2022
Versatile technology helps scientists streamline microbiology research.
Four glass vials sit on a reflective tabletop next to a syringe. Each is labeled as a subsequent dose in a four-dose series of COVID-19 vaccines.
What We Know About Getting a Second Booster Shot of COVID-19 Vaccines
Dan Robitzski | Aug 11, 2022
Studies show that a fourth mRNA vaccine dose offers the elderly and other high-risk groups strong protection against hospitalization and death from COVID-19, but experts say benefits for other populations may be more limited.
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Bat Coronaviruses May Infect Tens of Thousands of People Yearly
Andy Carstens | Aug 10, 2022
Parts of Southeast Asia where human and bat population densities are highest could be infection hotspots, a study finds.
Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on the skin
The Scientist Speaks - Virulence Meets Metabolism: The Unique Evolution of Staphylococcus aureus
Niki Spahich, PhD | Jun 20, 2022
Anthony Richardson discusses what makes Staph especially dangerous for people with diabetes.
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Can Taking a Test Now Tell You if You’ve Already Had COVID-19?
Natalia Mesa | Aug 8, 2022
The Scientist asks Brigham and Women’s Hospital infectious disease specialist Lindsey Baden about testing for prior infections.
A twisted and folded illustration of single-stranded RNA in front of a blue background.
Deficient RNA Editing Implicated in Inflammatory Disease 
Alejandra Manjarrez | Aug 5, 2022
Genetic variants that reduce the editing levels of double-stranded RNA are associated with autoimmune and immune-mediated conditions, a study finds.
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The Scientist Speaks - To Conserve and Protect: The Quest for Universal Vaccines
Niki Spahich, PhD | May 24, 2022
Patrick Wilson discusses the challenges in designing universal vaccines and his work developing one for influenza.
Illustration of bacteriophages infecting a bacterium
Phages Treat Gut Inflammation in Mice
Andy Carstens | Aug 4, 2022
Mixtures of viruses that attack inflammatory bowel disease–causing bacteria in mice also survive the digestive tract and are well-tolerated in humans, a study finds.
Magical fairytale forest. Coniferous forest covered of green moss. Mystic atmosphere.
The Unusual Functions of Geosmin
Connor Lynch | Aug 1, 2022
The compounds responsible for the earthy smell of recent rain are produced by a wide variety of bacteria and fungi. Recent research sheds light on why microbes bother.
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Viral Nucleic Acid Purification in a Single Spin
The Scientist Creative Services Team, MilliporeSigma | Apr 6, 2022
A simple nucleic acid extraction approach quickly purifies genomic viral RNA and DNA while minimizing cross-contamination risks.
Microscopy image of a cricket embryo, illuminated in green, pinched near one end, with one side full of bright green dots representing cell nuclei
How Wandering Nuclei Shape Developing Embryos
Viviane Callier | Jul 29, 2022
As cricket blastoderms form, cell nuclei are pulled into an egg’s remaining empty space to form the new cell layers that will shape the developing animal.
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How the Omicron Subvariant BA.5 Became a Master of Disguise—and What It Means for the Current COVID-19 Surge
Suresh V. Kuchipudi, The Conversation | Jul 26, 2022
Several mechanisms contribute to the increased transmissibility of this SARS-CoV-2 variant.
Don Ingber discusses how organ-on-a-chip technology helps identify, study, and combat viral variants that could cause the next pandemic.
The Scientist Speaks - Preventing the Next Pandemic with Organ Chips
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Mar 30, 2022
Don Ingber discusses how organ-on-a-chip technology helps identify, study, and combat viral variants that could cause the next pandemic.
Calm lake reflecting sky with boat in foreground
Plastic Pollution Boosts Bacterial Growth in Lake Water
Patience Asanga | Jul 26, 2022
A study finds that not only did aquatic bacteria thrive when chemicals washed from degrading plastic were introduced into lake water, they also broke down organic matter more efficiently.
Ribbon diagram of the protein coat of an adeno-associated virus
Preprints Propose Constellation of Causes for Kids’ Liver Disease
Christie Wilcox | Jul 25, 2022
Two independent groups suggest the suite of recent unexplained hepatitis cases may stem from coinfection with an adeno-associated virus and a helper adeno- or herpesvirus, a duo which may be especially virulent in children with a particular genetic variant.