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Evolutionary Explosions Help Bacteria Beat Immune Systems

Scientists have discovered bacteria evolving at a rate never before witnessed.

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Fecal Donor Banks Are Possible and Could Save Lives

Defrosted fecal matter can be gross to talk about, but the benefits are too remarkable to tiptoe around.

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The Germ Theory of Democracy, Dictatorship, and All Your Most Cherished Beliefs

Is culture just a side effect of the struggle to avoid disease?

 

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That Armpit Odor Says a Lot About Who You Are

And not just how many times a day you shower.

 

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Living in a Bacterial World

The good news: Antibiotics didn’t create antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The bad news: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is everywhere.

 

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Our Destiny Lies Not in Our Stars, But in Our Bacteria

Think you know all about evolution (assuming you accept it)? We have a gut feeling there’s more to it than you think.

 

The Straight Poop (on Fecal Transplants)

 

Defeating Bacteria From the Inside Out

The world’s most ubiquitous organism could save millions of lives — if only they could get a new tryout.

 

Was Lou Gehrig’s ALS Caused by Tap Water?

A toxic molecule found in pond scum may trigger neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and Parkinson’s. Could a group of scientists, led by a botanist, hold the key to a cure?

 

Among Antibiotics, Resistance Knows No Bounds

A microbiologist on the front lines of antibiotic resistance sees a lot of ways to improve the search and development of new antimicrobials.

 

ARCHIVE Says Home Is Where the Health Is

Peter Williams, an architect turned advocate, touts an unacknowledged connection between design and well-being.

 

Next They’ll Tell Us Germs Can Dance

Researchers discover very specific patterns in the movement of bacteria, which has important implications for the treatment of infections.

 

Bacteria ‘R’ Us

Emerging research shows that bacteria have powers to engineer the environment, to communicate and to affect human well-being. They may even think.

 

Top Ten Bacteria Working in the Shadows

As Valerie Brown has shown, bacteria are indeed us. But while we know who we are, who are these microscopic allies (and enemies)?

 

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Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Brevibacterium linens

 

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Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Lactobacillus

 

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Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Pseudomonas syringae

 

The Vibrio Family

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Vibrio

 

The Torpedo

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Bdellovibrio

 

Slick Willy

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Pseudomonas putida

 

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Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Cyanobacteria

 

Space-Age Conan the Bacterium

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Deinococcus radiodurans

 

Bad-Rap Eddy

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: E. coli

 

Stinky Pete, the Prospector

Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Streptococcus mutans.

 

Charles Harvey: Water Detective

Charles Harvey traces the source of widespread arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh, setting the stage for programs that could benefit 20 million people.

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