microbiology, disease & medicine, genetics & genomics, immunology
Mislabeled Genomes to be Fixed
Mislabeled Genomes to be Fixed
Kerry Grens | Sep 29, 2015
Conference elicits buzz about the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s efforts to clean up genome entries.         
CRISPR 2.0?
CRISPR 2.0?
Jef Akst | Sep 28, 2015
A pioneer of the gene-editing technique discovers a protein that could improve its accuracy.
Local Microbes Give Wine Character
Local Microbes Give Wine Character
Ruth Williams | Sep 24, 2015
Yeast strains from different regions of New Zealand generate wines with varying chemistries.
Venter Enters the Consumer Genomics Biz
Venter Enters the Consumer Genomics Biz
Bob Grant | Sep 22, 2015
The genomic entrepreneur has struck a deal with a South African health insurer to sequence the exomes of its customers.
Skin Microbes Help Clear Infection
Skin Microbes Help Clear Infection
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 16, 2015
In a small study, researchers find a link between an individual’s skin microbiome and the ability to clear a bacterial infection. 
Genetics, Immunity, and the Microbiome
Genetics, Immunity, and the Microbiome
Karen Zusi | Sep 16, 2015
The makeup of an individual’s microbiome correlates with genetic variation in immunity-related pathways, a study shows.
Dengue’s Downfall?
Dengue’s Downfall?
Jef Akst | Sep 15, 2015
Researchers characterize a protein that could be key to the virus’s virulence—and to developing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease.
Traditional Medicine for Leishmaniasis
Traditional Medicine for Leishmaniasis
Kerry Grens | Sep 14, 2015
A plant used in traditional Mayan remedies to cure the parasitic infection produces a potent compound.
Another Ancient Giant Virus Discovered
Another Ancient Giant Virus Discovered
Tracy Vence | Sep 14, 2015
From the same Siberian permafrost where three others were previously discovered, scientists find a fourth type of giant virus.
Direct-to-Consumer Liquid Biopsy
Direct-to-Consumer Liquid Biopsy
Kerry Grens | Sep 13, 2015
Some doctors advise shoppers to be skeptical of a newly marketed cancer diagnostic.