physiology, immunology, microbiology
Mammalian Immunity: What’s RNAi Got to Do with It?
Mammalian Immunity: What’s RNAi Got to Do with It?
Shawna Williams | Jul 21, 2017
A new study adds to the evidence that mammalian cells can use small interfering RNAs to defend against viruses, but questions remain about physiological importance.
Ebola Persistence Documented in Monkeys
Ebola Persistence Documented in Monkeys
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 17, 2017
In tissue samples from rhesus macaques, researchers find the virus in the same immune-privileged sites where Ebola has been found to persist in humans.
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Jul 17, 2017
At Harvard University the chemical biologist looks for new metabolic pathways to investigate how gut bacteria interact with one another and their hosts.
Researchers Uncover Previously Unknown Immune Cell Subtypes
Researchers Uncover Previously Unknown Immune Cell Subtypes
Aggie Mika | Jul 17, 2017
Using single-cell RNA sequencing, scientists characterize new populations of dendritic cells and monocytes.
Bacteriophages to the Rescue
Bacteriophages to the Rescue
Emily Monosson | Jul 17, 2017
Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.
Microbiota Manipulations
Microbiota Manipulations
Ruth Williams | Jul 17, 2017
Two research teams develop tools for tinkering with a bacterial genus prominent in human guts.
Microbe Maven
Microbe Maven
The Scientist Staff | Jul 16, 2017
Meet Scientist to Watch Emily Balskus, who studies the microbes that inhabit humans.
Book Excerpt from <em>Natural Defense</em>
Book Excerpt from Natural Defense
Emily Monosson | Jul 16, 2017
In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.
Messing with the Microbiome
Messing with the Microbiome
Ruth Williams | Jul 16, 2017
Two new techniques allow researchers to manipulate the activity of gut bacteria. 
Mini-Metagenomics Leads to Microbial Discovery
Mini-Metagenomics Leads to Microbial Discovery
Abby Olena | Jul 14, 2017
Researchers develop a method that combines the strengths of shotgun metagenomics and single-cell genome sequencing in a microfluidics-based platform.