sexual orientation, ecology, microbiology
Bacteria to Blame?
Bacteria to Blame?
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Aug 18, 2015
T cells activated in the microbe-dense gut can spark an autoimmune eye disease, a study shows. 
Butterflies in Peril
Butterflies in Peril
Bob Grant | Aug 12, 2015
Several recent studies point to serious—and mysterious—declines in butterfly numbers across the globe.
The Search for Persisters
The Search for Persisters
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 11, 2015
Lyme disease–causing bacteria can outmaneuver antibiotics in vitro and manipulate the mouse immune system.
Subway Microbiome Study Revised
Subway Microbiome Study Revised
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 4, 2015
Researchers tone down their highly publicized study that reported the presence of deadly pathogens on New York City subways.
TB Traces
TB Traces
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2015
Take a trip to the mummy museum in Vác, Hungary, to see the human remains that helped researchers learn more about the origins of tuberculosis in Europe.
Mimicry Muses
Mimicry Muses
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2015
The animal world is full of clever solutions to bioengineering challenges.
Anthrax Sent in Error to 86 Labs
Anthrax Sent in Error to 86 Labs
Kerry Grens | Jul 29, 2015
A US Army lab shipped live spores of the deadly bacterium because of improper irradiation protocols, a Department of Defense review has found.
Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 22, 2015
In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.
Underground Immunity
Underground Immunity
Kara Manke | Jul 16, 2015
Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 
Microbiome Teams Up Against <em>C. diff</em>
Microbiome Teams Up Against C. diff
Jef Akst | Jul 14, 2015
Researchers build a mathematical model that can predict whether a mouse will be infected by Clostridium difficile based on the microbes found in its GI tract.