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Mar. 12, 2018 — Researchers showed how a common virus hijacks a host cell's protein to assemble new ... read more

Plant-Derived Volatiles May Serve as Future Antifungals

Mar. 9, 2018 — A research team has developed a novel screening method to identify antimicrobial properties of volatile substances. With this assay, they tested the vapour-phase-mediated activity of 175 essential ... read more

Mar. 8, 2018 — Bacterial spores store information about the individual growth history of their progenitor cells, thus retaining a "memory" that links the different stages of the bacterial life cycle. The ... read more

Mar. 8, 2018 — Deleting a single gene from mosquitoes can make them highly resistant to the malaria parasite and thus much less likely to transmit the parasite to humans, according to a new ... read more

Mar. 8, 2018 — Worm infections were worse in mice living outdoors versus the lab, providing evidence that environment influences how the immune system responds to ... read more

No Progress Seen in Reducing Antibiotics Among Outpatients

Mar. 8, 2018 — Despite public health campaigns aimed at reducing unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics, the drugs continue to be prescribed at startlingly high rates in outpatient settings, according to a new ... read more

Mar. 8, 2018 — Researchers have designed sugar molecules that block E. coli bacteria from binding to urinary tissues, allowing the bacteria to be washed out of the urinary tract. The compounds represent a step ... read more

Transmission Risk of Familial Human Prion Diseases to Mice

Mar. 8, 2018 — Familial human prion diseases are passed within families and are associated with 34 known prion protein mutations. To determine whether three of the unstudied mutations are transmissible, scientists ... read more

New Way Found to Defeat HIV Latency

Mar. 8, 2018 — Researchers have found a mechanism for making HIV come out of hiding and become susceptible to anti-HIV ... read more

Discovery Fills Gap in Search for Better Treatments for Ebola, Other Viruses

Mar. 7, 2018 — Researchers have found the Ebola polymerase (enzyme), which may lead to more effective research and better treatments for the often fatal infection, and other related viral ... read more

Mar. 7, 2018 — Rare plant species suffer more from disease than commoner species. The fact that rare species are more susceptible to attack by micro-organisms living in the soil, such as fungi and bacteria, may in ... read more

Why the Latest Shingles Vaccine Is More Than 90 Percent Effective

Mar. 7, 2018 — A new study has shown how the body's immune system responds to the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, making it more than 90 percent effective at protecting against the ... read more

Mar. 6, 2018 — A mosquito's ability to replicate and transmit a virus depends on the metabolic environment of tissues in its midgut: the primary site of infection. By targeting the sphingolipid pathway, which ... read more

New Way to Potentially Fight Ebola

Mar. 6, 2018 — Researchers have shown an innovative antibody delivery method could be an effective way to prevent and treat Ebola infection. They demonstrated that delivering a monoclonal antibody gene to a cell ... read more

Chlorine Bleach Is Main Ingredient in Toxic Cocktail That Destroys Bacteria

Mar. 6, 2018 — Certain white blood cells protect us from bacteria by engulfing them. A research team has now observed the process under the microscope, thanks to novel fluorescent ... read more

New Test Extends Window for Accurate Detection of Zika

Mar. 6, 2018 — Diagnosis of Zika infection is complex. Molecular tests for exposure are only reliable in the first two to three weeks after infection. Antibody tests are confounded by cross-reactivity of antibodies ... read more

Mar. 6, 2018 — Socially transmitted, nitrogen-providing microbes have opened a new ecological frontier for herbivorous turtle ... read more

Bacteria Resistant to Last-Resort Antibiotic, Missed by Standard Tests

Mar. 6, 2018 — Microbiologists have detected "heteroresistance" to colistin, a last-resort antibiotic, in already highly resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, a bacterium that causes blood, soft tissue and ... read more

Mar. 5, 2018 — The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum is a powerful social study system because of the hard work of generations of cell and molecular biologists who have figured out many of the mechanisms of ... read more

Plants Share Defensive Proteins in Evolutionary Pick 'N' Mix

Mar. 5, 2018 — Novel research has shed further light on how plants can use 'baits' to recognize and trap disease-causing pathogens before infection can take ... read more

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Slime Mold in Residence

By Ashley P. Taylor | March 2, 2018

At Hampshire College, students and faculty use the amoeba Physarum polycephalum—both a “visiting scholar” and a model organism—to examine human societal and political quandaries.  


In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. 


Millions of measurements from 23 people who consumed extra calories every day for a month reveal changes in proteins, metabolites, and gut microbiota that accompany shifts in body mass.

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A new study identifies microorganisms residing in the human fallopian tubes and uterus, but some researchers are skeptical of the findings. 


Vaginal birth leads to changes in the development of offsprings’ microbiomes not seen among mice born via C-section, which researchers suspect might contribute to the weight differences.


E. coli that make indoles protect older worms, flies, and mice from frailty. 

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The composition of the gut microbiota varies by time of year and is more diverse than that of industrialized groups.


A Northwestern University plague researcher has been charged with a brutal murder. Here’s what we know about him.


An oral mix of a pre- and probiotic can decrease deaths from the condition, according to the results of a large clinical trial conducted in rural India. 


In tissue samples from rhesus macaques, researchers find the virus in the same immune-privileged sites where Ebola has been found to persist in humans.