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New CRISPR-Cas Enzymes Discovered
New CRISPR-Cas Enzymes Discovered
Kerry Grens | Dec 22, 2016
A metagenomics analysis finds Cas9 in archaea for the first time, along with two previously unknown Cas nucleases from bacteria.
Keeping CRISPR in Check
Keeping CRISPR in Check
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 14, 2016
In bacteriophage genomes, researchers find three anti-CRISPR proteins that naturally inhibit CRISPR-Cas9 in one bacterial species and can do the same in human cells. 
Could Critical Incident Reporting Fix Preclinical Research?
Could Critical Incident Reporting Fix Preclinical Research?
Joshua A. Krisch | Dec 9, 2016
Scientists propose a modified critical incident reporting system to help combat the reproducibility crisis.
Swarm-Stimulating Bacterial Enzyme Drives Choanoflagellate Mating
Swarm-Stimulating Bacterial Enzyme Drives Choanoflagellate Mating
Tracy Vence | Dec 8, 2016
Scientists present evidence of bacteria-driven mating in flagellate eukaryotes at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting.
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Abby Olena | Dec 8, 2016
Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes in the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.
Gut Microbes Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease
Gut Microbes Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease
Abby Olena | Dec 1, 2016
Bacteria in the intestine influence motor dysfunction and neuroinflammation in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease.
Studies Conflict on Spores’ Need for Protein Synthesis
Studies Conflict on Spores’ Need for Protein Synthesis
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2016
Different assays lead to opposing conclusions on bacterial spores’ requirements during germination.
Infant Microbiome: Vaginal Delivery Versus C-Section
Infant Microbiome: Vaginal Delivery Versus C-Section
Jef Akst | Nov 27, 2016
A new literature review finds that even if babies born via Cesarean section have long-term health risks, as a number of past studies purport, it may not be a result of the procedure itself.
Altered Microbiome Contributes to Exaggerated Post-Diet Weight Regain in Mice
Altered Microbiome Contributes to Exaggerated Post-Diet Weight Regain in Mice
Tracy Vence | Nov 24, 2016
Obesity-associated microbiome composition can persist after weight loss, affecting the exchange of metabolites between a mouse and its resident bugs, researchers report.
Opinion: The Impact Factor, Re-envisioned
Opinion: The Impact Factor, Re-envisioned
Shibo Jiang, Haoyang Li, Yan Wang | Nov 18, 2016
A combination of the traditional metric and the newer h5 index potentiates the scientific community toward more-balanced evaluation.