quantitative PCR, culture, microbiology
Gut Microbes Gobble Cocoa
Gut Microbes Gobble Cocoa
Tracy Vence | Mar 19, 2014
Commensal bacteria that populate the human gastrointestinal tract help digest dark chocolate, releasing anti-inflammatory compounds, researchers report.
Week in Review: March 3–7
Week in Review: March 3–7
Tracy Vence | Mar 7, 2014
The gene behind a butterfly’s mimicry; the evolution of adipose fins; bacteria and bowel cancer; plants lacking plastid genomes
Bacteria’s Role in Bowel Cancer
Bacteria’s Role in Bowel Cancer
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 3, 2014
The development of serrated polyps depends on bacteria present in the gut, a mouse study shows.  
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2014
March 2014's selection of notable quotes
Is Earth Special?
Is Earth Special?
David Waltham | Mar 1, 2014
Reconsidering the uniqueness of life on our planet
Early Evidence
Early Evidence
Abby Olena | Mar 1, 2014
Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2014
The Sixth Extinction, Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love, Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why, and Ten Thousand Birds
Book Excerpt from <em>Lucky Planet</em>
Book Excerpt from Lucky Planet
David Waltham | Mar 1, 2014
In the book's prologue, author David Waltham compares a fictitious planet to Earth, highlighting the biologically supportive luck that our planet has enjoyed.
A Wine Bacterium’s Proteome
A Wine Bacterium’s Proteome
Abby Olena | Feb 26, 2014
Scientists map the partial proteome of a common lactic acid bacterium.
How a Microbe Resists Its Own Antibiotics
How a Microbe Resists Its Own Antibiotics
Jef Akst | Feb 20, 2014
Researchers reveal the molecular mechanisms of Streptomyces platensis’s defense from its own antibiotics, which inhibit fatty acid synthesis in other microbes.