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June 1, 2018
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Promise of New Antibiotics Lies with Shackling Tiny Toxic Tetherballs to Bacteria

AUSTIN, Texas — Biologists at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a method for rapidly screening hundreds of thousands of potential drugs for fighting infections, an innovation that holds promise for combating the growing scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. … Continue reading

February 14, 2018
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Acid reflux drug linked to more than doubled risk of stomach cancer

The long term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of drugs commonly used to treat acid reflux, is linked to a more than doubling in the risk of developing stomach cancer, finds research by UCL and The University … Continue reading

January 10, 2017
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New Study Explains Mysterious Source of Greenhouse Gas Methane in the Ocean

For decades, marine chemists have faced an elusive paradox. The surface waters of the world’s oceans are supersaturated with the greenhouse gas methane, yet most species of microbes that can generate the gas can’t survive in oxygen-rich surface waters. So … Continue reading

November 20, 2016
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Bacteria Show Capacity for Rapid, Beneficial Mutations

AUSTIN, Texas — Scientists studying how microbes evolve have long assumed that nearly all new genetic mutations get passed down at a predictable pace and usually without either helping or hurting the microbe in adapting to its environment. In a new … Continue reading

November 7, 2016
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UW oceanographers grow, sequence genome of ocean microbe important to climate change

Sea turtles and whales may be the charismatic critters of the sea, but the true kingpins of the ocean make up 98 percent of the ocean’s biomass — and yet individually are too small to see with the naked eye.

October 31, 2016
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Some Bacteria Have Lived in the Human Gut Since Before We Were Human

AUSTIN, Texas — Some of the bacteria in our guts were passed down over millions of years, since before we were human, suggesting that evolution plays a larger role than previously known in people’s intestinal-microbe makeup, according to a new study … Continue reading

May 21, 2016
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From Near-Dropout to PhD, Berkeley Lab Scientist Now at Forefront of Biofuels Revolution

Berkeley Lab scientist Ee-Been Goh thrives on re-engineering bacteria and mentoring students. To see biochemist Ee-Been Goh in the lab today, figuring out how to rewire bacteria to produce biofuels, one would never guess she was once so uninterested in … Continue reading