opinion, evolution, microbiology
Start Making Sense
Start Making Sense
J.D. Trout | Jun 1, 2016
Scientific progress is only achieved when humans' innate sense of understanding is validated by objective reality.
Gut Bacteria for Insect RNAi
Gut Bacteria for Insect RNAi
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2016
Lacing insect food with microbes encoding double-stranded RNAs can suppress insect gene expression.
Chemical Engineer Wins Millennium Technology Prize
Chemical Engineer Wins Millennium Technology Prize
Tanya Lewis | May 25, 2016
Caltech’s Frances Arnold is honored for her work on directed evolution.
Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung
Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung
Tracy Vence | May 25, 2016
Researchers assess some of the downstream effects of treating livestock with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
Study Linking Food Additives to Inflammation Corrected
Study Linking Food Additives to Inflammation Corrected
Tracy Vence | May 19, 2016
Post-publication peer review prompts the authors to clarify the ages of mice used in their experiments and share additional data.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Catherine Offord | May 17, 2016
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
 
Mysterious Eukaryote Missing Mitochondria
Mysterious Eukaryote Missing Mitochondria
Anna Azvolinsky | May 12, 2016
Researchers uncover the first example of a eukaryotic organism that lacks the organelles.
Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome
Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome
Amanda B. Keener | May 9, 2016
A drug that singles out Staphylococcus aureus leaves gut-dwelling microbiota largely intact, a mouse study shows.
Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured
Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 4, 2016
Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.
Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species
Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species
Catherine Offord | May 4, 2016
A new analysis of microbial data estimates that the world is home to 1 trillion species—of which only 0.001 percent have been discovered.