stem cells, microbiology
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Jul 17, 2017
At Harvard University the chemical biologist looks for new metabolic pathways to investigate how gut bacteria interact with one another and their hosts.
Microbiota Manipulations
Microbiota Manipulations
Ruth Williams | Jul 17, 2017
Two research teams develop tools for tinkering with a bacterial genus prominent in human guts.
Bacteriophages to the Rescue
Bacteriophages to the Rescue
Emily Monosson | Jul 17, 2017
Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.
Book Excerpt from <em>Natural Defense</em>
Book Excerpt from Natural Defense
Emily Monosson | Jul 16, 2017
In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.
Microbe Maven
Microbe Maven
The Scientist Staff | Jul 16, 2017
Meet Scientist to Watch Emily Balskus, who studies the microbes that inhabit humans.
Messing with the Microbiome
Messing with the Microbiome
Ruth Williams | Jul 16, 2017
Two new techniques allow researchers to manipulate the activity of gut bacteria. 
Mini-Metagenomics Leads to Microbial Discovery
Mini-Metagenomics Leads to Microbial Discovery
Abby Olena | Jul 14, 2017
Researchers develop a method that combines the strengths of shotgun metagenomics and single-cell genome sequencing in a microfluidics-based platform.
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
Jef Akst | Jun 20, 2017
Genomic analysis of an oak tree that lived during Napoleon’s time supports the idea that plants somehow avoid the accumulation of mutations in their stem cells.
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
Ashley Yeager | Jun 19, 2017
The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.
Stomach Cells Change Identity to Drive Precancerous State
Stomach Cells Change Identity to Drive Precancerous State
Diana Kwon | Jun 16, 2017
A study suggests that “chief” cells in the stomach act as reserve stem cells that are activated by tissue damage and may be the long-sought source of gastric cancer.