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Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars
Diana Kwon | Nov 30, 2017
High levels of radiation, among other health risks, challenge the future colonation of the Red Planet.
Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria
Kerry Grens | Nov 27, 2017
Lab experiments and metagenomic analyses of flies’ resident bacteria indicate that the insects carry microbes from place to place on their legs.
European Research Council Founder, Molecular Biologist Dies
Catherine Offord | Nov 20, 2017
Fotis Kafatos, a Greek researcher famous for his work on malaria, has died at age 77.
-Laced Mosquitoes to Be Released for Population Control
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 7, 2017
The US government has approved the deployment of the lab-raised insects to eliminate the Zika- and dengue-transmitting Asian tiger mosquito.
Bacteria Found in Women’s Upper Reproductive Tracts
Diana Kwon | Oct 17, 2017
A new study identifies microorganisms residing in the human fallopian tubes and uterus, but some researchers are skeptical of the findings.
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
Abby Olena | Oct 13, 2017
The EPA is now in charge of regulating the use of Oxitec’s strain of
, genetically engineered to reduce populations of the insects.
Opinion: Microbiology Needs More Math
Mikhail Tikhonov | Oct 12, 2017
Empirical data and humans’ biased interpretations can only get so far in truly understanding life at the microscale.
Cesarean Section Results in Heavier Mouse Pups
Ashley Yeager | Oct 11, 2017
Vaginal birth leads to changes in the development of offsprings’ microbiomes not seen among mice born via C-section, which researchers suspect might contribute to the weight differences.
Plague Ravaging Madagascar
Kerry Grens | Oct 10, 2017
Nearly four dozen people have died.
Gene Drive Limitations
Jef Akst | Oct 9, 2017
In lab populations of genetically engineered mosquitoes, mutations arose that blocked the gene drive’s spread and restored female fertility.