physiology, immunology, microbiology
Anti-CRISPR Protein Reduces Off-Target Effects
Anti-CRISPR Protein Reduces Off-Target Effects
Diana Kwon | Jul 12, 2017
AcrIIA4, an inhibitor protein from the Listeria bacteriophage, can block DNA from binding to Cas9 during genome editing.
Anti-Preeclampsia Hormone Discovered
Anti-Preeclampsia Hormone Discovered
Ruth Williams | Jun 29, 2017
A small, placenta-produced peptide fixes the pregnancy-related condition in mice. 
T Cells That Drive Toxic Shock in Mice Identified
T Cells That Drive Toxic Shock in Mice Identified
Ashley Yeager | Jun 20, 2017
Overzealous activity by mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells in response to bacterial toxins can lead to illness instead of stopping it.
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
Ashley Yeager | Jun 19, 2017
The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.
Fetal Immune System Operational by Second Trimester
Fetal Immune System Operational by Second Trimester
Abby Olena | Jun 14, 2017
Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.
ASM to Discontinue Small Conferences
ASM to Discontinue Small Conferences
Diana Kwon | Jun 6, 2017
Numerous scientists are disappointed with the American Society for Microbiology’s decision, and some are hatching plans to keep the meetings alive.
Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate
Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate
Stephan Guttinger | Jun 6, 2017
Advances in microbiome research are increasingly used in anti-vaccination arguments, yet the science actually undermines the premise of the argument.
Microbe from Yogurt Impedes Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Microbe from Yogurt Impedes Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Aggie Mika | Jun 5, 2017
Lactobacillus parafarraginis metabolites hindered the growth of multiple, distantly related bacterial pathogens. 
Mammalian Jaws Evolved to Chew Sideways
Mammalian Jaws Evolved to Chew Sideways
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2017
Parallel evolution in jaws and teeth helped early mammals diversify their diets.
Athletes’ Microbiomes Differ from Nonathletes
Athletes’ Microbiomes Differ from Nonathletes
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2017
Researchers are beginning to uncover a link between activity level and the microbial makeup of one’s gut.