venom, developmental biology, microbiology
Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach
Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach
Tracy Vence | Mar 31, 2016
Boston-based Commense plans to develop microbial and nonmicrobial interventions aimed at improving child health.
Contacts May Affect Eye Microbiome
Contacts May Affect Eye Microbiome
Jef Akst | Mar 23, 2016
The bacterial communities in the eyes of contact lens wearers resemble those of the skin, according to a study. 
Origins of Dysentery
Origins of Dysentery
Bob Grant | Mar 22, 2016
A new genomic analysis reveals that the pathogen responsible for the gastrointestinal disease likely originated in Europe and hitched a ride to new lands with settlers.
Microbial Recycler Found
Microbial Recycler Found
Bob Grant | Mar 14, 2016
Researchers discover a new species of bacteria that can break down a commonly used plastic.
Opinion: A Mother’s Microbes
Opinion: A Mother’s Microbes
Rob Knight and Jack Gilbert | Mar 3, 2016
On “vaginal seeding” and the challenge of evidence-based parenting
Amoebae Have Human-Like Immunity
Amoebae Have Human-Like Immunity
Jef Akst | Mar 2, 2016
Dictyostelium discoideum produce extracellular nets that can kill bacteria, just as phagocytes in people and other higher animals do, according to a study.
Giant Virus Has CRISPR-like Immune Defense
Giant Virus Has CRISPR-like Immune Defense
Kerry Grens | Mar 2, 2016
The genome of a mimivirus strain resistant to a virophage has repeated phage sequences alongside nuclease- and helicase-coding sections.
Spoiler Alert
Spoiler Alert
Wudan Yan | Mar 1, 2016
How to store microbiome samples without losing or altering diversity
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as Antivenom?
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as Antivenom?
Bob Grant | Feb 24, 2016
Compounds typically used to calm the immune system can prevent death from scorpion venom in mice, researchers report.
Similar Data, Different Conclusions
Similar Data, Different Conclusions
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 23, 2016
By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.