Microbes

  1. Health & Medicine

    Search speeds up for vaccine against the new coronavirus

    Scientists are investigating unusual ways to make drugs to prevent viral infections. One may even be able to treat already sick people.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Immune arms-race in bats may make their viruses deadly to people

    An overactive immune system may help bats avoid being sickened by many viruses. This may viruses becoming stronger — and deadlier — when they hit other species.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: What is a coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses are a diverse family of disease-causing agents. Some cause the common cold. Newer ones have emerged to pose more serious threats to people.

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  4. Microbes

    Globetrotting microbes in airplane sewage may spread antibiotic resistance

    Along with harder-to-kill microbes, airplane sewage contains a diverse set of the genes that let bacteria evade antibiotics.

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  5. Microbes

    Drug-resistant germs kill some 35,000 Americans each year

    The new mortality rate may be way low, some experts say. Also troubling are two new germs that have emerged as big and urgent threats.

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  6. Animals

    Scientists Say: Species

    This word describes organisms grouped by their similarities in genetics and physical traits. But defining species can be tricky.

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  7. Animals

    Cool Jobs: Poop investigators

    Far from just being waste, poop is loaded with clues to the health, biology and behavior of whatever body produced it.

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  8. Animals

    Mystery disease is killing Caribbean corals

    Scientists are racing to pin down a new coral disease that’s “annihilating” whole species from Caribbean reefs.

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  9. Microbes

    Obesity in mice caused by defects in their immune system

    Subtle defects in T cell function alter rodents’ microbiome and fat absorption, providing hints of what might also be going on in people.

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  10. Agriculture

    As infections ravage food crops, scientists fight back

    Diseases threaten important food crops like cocoa beans, wheat and citrus. Scientists are working to understand these infections — and fight back.

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  11. Animals

    New treatment offers hope for bats battling white nose syndrome

    A fungal disease that has wiped out millions of North American bats has a new challenger: antifungal bacteria. Infected bats treated with the germs had a good chance of surviving.

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  12. Microbes

    A surface crater in viruses may be key to keeping colds from spreading

    A newly discovered pit on the surface of one family of viruses could help scientists fight the common cold and other infections.

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