next-gen sequencing, microbiology
The Fungi Within
The Fungi Within
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Feb 1, 2016
Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.
The Mycobiome
The Mycobiome
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Feb 1, 2016
The largely overlooked resident fungal community plays a critical role in human health and disease.
Counting Cells
Counting Cells
Jef Akst | Jan 11, 2016
A person likely carries the same number of human and microbial cells, according to a new estimate.
All Together Now
All Together Now
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jan 1, 2016
Understanding the biological roots of cooperation might help resolve some of the biggest scientific challenges we face.
Year in Review: Spotlight on Ancient DNA
Year in Review: Spotlight on Ancient DNA
Bob Grant | Dec 30, 2015
Several studies using centuries-old genetic material graced the pages of life-science journals in 2015. Here’s a look at a few of the researchers and papers that made headlines this year.
Researchers Accused of Spreading Disease
Researchers Accused of Spreading Disease
Bob Grant | Dec 21, 2015
Italian scientists are under investigation for allegedly worsening the transmission of a pathogen that is decimating olive groves in Puglia.
Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity
Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity
Jef Akst | Dec 9, 2015
Commensal bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tracts of cockroaches lace the insects’ feces with chemical cues that mediate social behavior, according to a study.
Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs
Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs
Kerry Grens | Dec 6, 2015
The popular type 2 diabetes drug may cause profound changes in patients’ microbiomes.
Top 10 Innovations 2015
Top 10 Innovations 2015
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2015
The newest life-science products making waves in labs and clinics
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Kerry Grens | Nov 24, 2015
One large provider says the shortfall should clear up by early 2016.