synthetic biology, microbiology
Warmer Temps Tied to Altered Microbiome in Lizards
Warmer Temps Tied to Altered Microbiome in Lizards
Ashley P. Taylor | May 8, 2017
Bacterial differences after three-month temperature hikes, modeled after global warming predictions, were evident one year later, a study found.
Future Homes May Have Bioreactive Walls
Future Homes May Have Bioreactive Walls
Benjamin Skuse | May 1, 2017
Researchers are redesigning the humble brick to produce electricity, to clean water and air, and to harvest valuable compounds.
Will Komodo Dragons Yield the Next Blockbuster Antibiotic?
Will Komodo Dragons Yield the Next Blockbuster Antibiotic?
Jef Akst | May 1, 2017
The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.
Gut Microbes Contribute to Age-Associated Inflammation in Mice
Gut Microbes Contribute to Age-Associated Inflammation in Mice
Abby Olena | Apr 12, 2017
A mouse study reveals a causal link between changes in intestinal microbiota and increasing inflammation as the rodents age.
Behavioral Changes in Mice Given Antibiotics in Early Life
Behavioral Changes in Mice Given Antibiotics in Early Life
Jef Akst | Apr 10, 2017
Mice exposed to low doses of penicillin in utero or as young pups exhibited long-term behavioral differences not seen in their non-exposed counterparts, according to a study.
Study: Microbes from Young Fish Extend Older Fish’s Lives
Study: Microbes from Young Fish Extend Older Fish’s Lives
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2017
Recolonizing middle-aged animals with bacteria from younger ones kept killifish alive longer than usual, researchers report.
In Certain Social Bees, Gut Microbiomes Follow Phylogeny
In Certain Social Bees, Gut Microbiomes Follow Phylogeny
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 29, 2017
Corbiculate bees and their gut-dwelling microbes have been coevolving since the social species evolved from their solitary ancestors around 80 million years ago, scientists suggest. 
Inflammation Drives Gut Bacteria Evolution
Inflammation Drives Gut Bacteria Evolution
Ruth Williams | Mar 16, 2017
Viruses within Salmonella rapidly spread genes throughout the bacterial population during a gut infection, scientists show.
Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed
Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 9, 2017
Members of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project have synthesized five additional yeast chromosomes from scratch. 
Human Gut Microbe Transplant Alters Mouse Behavior
Human Gut Microbe Transplant Alters Mouse Behavior
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2017
Fecal transplants from humans with irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety into mice lead to similar symptoms and anxiety-like behavior in the rodents, researchers report.