Microbes

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Microbes

    Gut bacteria may affect how well your medicines work

    Gut bacteria can chemically change the drugs people swallow. ID-ing a patient’s microbes might one day help doctors prescribe the most effective drugs.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Bats are now the primary source of U.S. rabies deaths

    Although human rabies is not common in the United States, it still occurs. But here dogs are no longer the likely source of this oft-lethal infection: Bats are.

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  7. Earth

    Antibiotics pollute many of the world’s rivers

    A survey of 165 rivers finds unsafe levels of antibiotics at one in six sites tested. Such pollution can leave germs resistant (unharmed) by the drugs.

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  8. Microbes

    Teens swipe a door handle and find an antibiotic

    Three teens swabbed a smartphone, a door handle and a hand dryer. The new bacterium they turned up can kill other types of germs.

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  9. Microbes

    Slimy fish could aid the search for new drugs

    Fish slime could teach scientists about bacteria that live on fish and aid in the hunt for new kinds of antibiotics.

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  10. Life

    Explainer: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

    Prokaryotes tend to be small and simple, while eukaryotes have embraced a highly organized lifestyle. These divergent approaches to life have both proved very successful.

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  11. Tech

    This bionic mushroom makes electricity

    What do you get when you combine fungi, graphene, 3-D printing and photosynthetic bacteria? A mushroom that makes electricity.

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  12. Microbes

    Amoebas are crafty, shape-shifting engineers

    It’s easy to overlook amoebas — but we shouldn’t. These one-celled wonders can build their own shells, punch holes in prey and even farm bacteria.

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