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Image of the Day
Week in Review: November 10–14
Jef Akst | Nov 14, 2014
Funding for African science; microbiome studies may have contamination worries; mind-controlled gene expression; DNA record keeper
DNA Extraction Kits Contaminated
Kerry Grens | Nov 11, 2014
Sequencing study reveals low levels of microbes in lab reagents that can create big problems for some microbiome studies.
Jet Lag Upsets Gut Microbes
Bob Grant | Oct 17, 2014
Frequent airplane travel may contribute to obesity by throwing off circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the intestinal microbiome, according to a new study.
The Ocular Microbiome
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Oct 1, 2014
Researchers are beginning to study in depth the largely uncharted territory of the eye’s microbial composition.
Soil Microbiome of Central Park
Jef Akst | Sep 30, 2014
Nearly 600 soil samples from New York City’s famous park reveal that the urban environment harbors just as much biodiversity as natural ecosystems across the globe.
Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity
Molly Sharlach | Sep 23, 2014
Lengthy stints in intensive care units pare down patients’ gut microflora, a study shows.
Small Molecule Superstore
Molly Sharlach | Sep 15, 2014
An analysis of bacterial sequences from the Human Microbiome Project has uncovered thousands of biosynthetic gene clusters.
Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Promise
Tracy Vence | Sep 2, 2014
ZMapp effectively rescued macaques from Ebola in a small trial, but it could be several months before supplies of the drug meet the growing human demand for it.
Image of the Day: Friendly Neighbors?
Staff | Aug 29, 2014
These comma-shape bacteria (
) cultured from sand produce iron compounds that promote the growth of other bacteria.
Jef Akst | Aug 22, 2014
Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.