prison, microbiology, cell & molecular biology
Week in Review: July 14–18
Week in Review: July 14–18
Tracy Vence | Jul 18, 2014
Converting heart muscle to pacemaker cells in pigs; alternative splicing and the human proteome; questioning a reported yogurt mold-illness link; H. pylori swiftly find mouse stomach injuries
“Mucho” Ado About Nothing?
“Mucho” Ado About Nothing?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 15, 2014
Linking a mold identified in a sample of recalled yogurt to consumer-reported illnesses may be premature, scientists say.
Human Skin Can “Smell” Odors
Human Skin Can “Smell” Odors
Jef Akst | Jul 10, 2014
Olfactory receptors in the skin may help repair damaged tissue, a study shows.
New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes
New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 9, 2014
An updated analysis of the gut microbiome extends the list of known bacterial genes to 9.8 million. 
Protein Helps Cells Adapt—or Die
Protein Helps Cells Adapt—or Die
Ruth Williams | Jul 3, 2014
Scientists show how cell stress both prevents and promotes cell suicide in a study that’s equally divisive.
The Sooner, The Better
The Sooner, The Better
Nicholette Zeliadt | Jul 1, 2014
New approaches to diagnosing bacterial infections may one day allow the identification of pathogens and their antibiotic susceptibility in a matter of hours or minutes.
Mobile Microbiome
Mobile Microbiome
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 26, 2014
Cell phones are populated with many bacteria commonly found on users’ hands. 
The Wound Microbiome
The Wound Microbiome
Kerry Grens | Jun 23, 2014
Determining which critters are present in an infected wound could aid in treatment, particularly of soldiers injured in combat.
Re-examining Rots
Re-examining Rots
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 23, 2014
Fungi that digest wood in novel ways could fuel new avenues of research on cellulosic ethanol, and suggest a need to move beyond traditional classification systems.  
Arrested Development Makes for Long-Lived Worms
Arrested Development Makes for Long-Lived Worms
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 23, 2014
Starvation suspends cellular activity in C. elegans larvae and extends their lifespan.