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February 5, 2016

Jan. 27, 2016 — It is the disappearance of a glycolipid from the bacterial cell envelope during evolution that may have considerably increased the virulence of tuberculosis bacilli in humans. Scientists have shown ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Biologists have utilized the largest collection of metagenomic datasets to uncover a completely novel bacterial phylum -- ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — In October 2015, researchers ran the first tests confirming the presence of Zika virus transmission in the South American country. The team documents a disease trajectory that started with nine ... read more

Zika Virus 'a Game-Changer' for Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Jan. 26, 2016 — The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, is relatively unknown and unstudied. That is set to change since Zika, now spreading through Latin America and the Caribbean, has ... read more

Virologists Investigating Novel Applications for Viruses

Jan. 26, 2016 — Viruses can be classified in a completely new way based on viral structures, new research suggests. A better understanding of how viruses work can help open up new applications for viruses in the ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — Researchers have reported the discovery of a major population of the mosquito species Aedes aegypti, the species capable of carrying tropical diseases such as Zika virus, dengue fever and ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — For the first time, scientists describe distinct bacterial assemblages living in a mixed microbial community (dental plaque), which they discovered using a novel imaging approach newly ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — In the water above natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico, where oil and gas bubbles rise almost a mile to break at the surface, scientists have discovered something unusual: phytoplankton, tiny ... read more

Large Variability in Abundance of Viruses That Infect Ocean Microorganisms

Jan. 25, 2016 — Marine microorganisms play a critical role in capturing atmospheric carbon, but a new study finds much less certainty than previously believed about the populations of the viruses that infect these ... read more

Biologists Develop Method for Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

Jan. 22, 2016 — A team of biologists and biomedical researchers has developed a new method to determine if bacteria are susceptible to antibiotics within a few hours, an advance that could slow the appearance of ... read more

The Hideout of the Black Death

Jan. 22, 2016 — Black Death, mid-fourteenth century plague, is undoubtedly the most famous historical pandemic. Within only five years it killed 30-50% of the European population. Unfortunately it didn't stop ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Researchers have isolated human monoclonal antibodies from Ebola survivors which can neutralize multiple species of the ... read more

Examining Genetic Diversity of T. Cruzi from California Kissing Bugs

Jan. 21, 2016 — Trypanosoma cruzi is a protozoan parasite that can cause an insidious onset of Chagas disease, a fatal cardiac disease in humans and dogs. The parasite is transmitted via triatomine insects, commonly ... read more

‘Homing’ Molecule Discovery Could Help Speed-Up Fight Against Flu

Jan. 21, 2016 — Scientists have discovered a new molecule which could help better target and kick-start the body's natural fight against common infections like ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Scientists have made a 'vitamin mimic' -- a molecule that looks and acts just like a natural vitamin to bacteria -- that offers a new window into the inner workings of living ... read more

Powerful Machine-Learning Technique Uncovers Unknown Features of Pathogen

Jan. 21, 2016 — A powerful new machine-learning technique can be applied to large datasets in the biological sciences to uncover previously unknown features of organisms and their genes. For example, the technique ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — A bacterium found in the remote Gobi Desert has shown talents for using the sun's light as energy, and now researchers reveal that it can be found in surprisingly many different places, ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Deserts are often thought of as barren places where not much is afoot. But that view is being altered as new research keeps revealing the intricate ecological dynamics of deserts as they change ... read more

Gone Fishin' for Natural Products, With a New Dragnet

Jan. 20, 2016 — Nature contains a treasure trove of substances that could help fight human disease. Just this year, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine honored the development of drugs that fight parasites and ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Reports of bat deaths worldwide due to human causes largely unique to the 21st century are markedly rising, according to a new analysis. Collisions with wind turbines worldwide and the disease ... read more

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