quantitative PCR, immunology, microbiology
Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs
Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs
Kerry Grens | Dec 6, 2015
The popular type 2 diabetes drug may cause profound changes in patients’ microbiomes.
Ebola’s Effects on the Eye
Ebola’s Effects on the Eye
Tracy Vence | Nov 30, 2015
A second doctor shows symptoms of ocular disease after recovering from Ebola infection.
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Kerry Grens | Nov 24, 2015
One large provider says the shortfall should clear up by early 2016.
Birth of the Skin Microbiome
Birth of the Skin Microbiome
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 17, 2015
The immune system tolerates the colonization of commensal bacteria on the skin with the aid of regulatory T cells during the first few weeks of life, a mouse study shows.
Blood-Gut Barrier
Blood-Gut Barrier
Ruth Williams | Nov 12, 2015
Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.
Exploring the Inner Universe
Exploring the Inner Universe
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 6, 2015
A new American Museum of Natural History exhibit introduces visitors to the microbes within their bodies. 
Microbes Play Role in Anti-Tumor Response
Microbes Play Role in Anti-Tumor Response
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 5, 2015
Gut microbiome composition can influence the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy in mice.
Ebola’s Immune Escape
Ebola’s Immune Escape
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 3, 2015
The virus can persist in several tissues where the immune system is less active. Researchers are working to better understand this phenomenon and how it can stall the clearing of Ebola in survivors.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2015
The Psychology of Overeating, The Hidden Half of Nature, The Death of Cancer, and The Secret of Our Success
Fanning the Flames
Fanning the Flames
Kate Yandell | Nov 1, 2015
Obesity triggers a fatty acid synthesis pathway, which in turn helps drive T cell differentiation and inflammation.