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September 2, 2018
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Specific microbes in digestive tract can boost success for cancer immunotherapy

In the Jan. 5 issue of Science, researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine show that specific strains of commensal bacteria—the swarms of microorganisms naturally dwelling in the intestines—can improve the response rate to immunotherapy for patients being treated for … Continue reading

December 7, 2015
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Dirty, Crusty Meals Fit for (Long-Dormant) Microbes

In deserts and other arid lands, microbes often form very thin top layers on soil known as biocrusts, which behave a bit like Rip Van Winkle. He removed himself from a stressful environment by sleeping for decades, and awoke to … Continue reading

January 11, 2015
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Boosting Biogasoline Production in Microbes

Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Combine Systems Biology with Genetic Engineering to Improve Production of Isopentenol in E.Coli In the on-going effort to develop advanced biofuels as a clean, green and sustainable source of liquid transportation fuels, researchers at the U.S. … Continue reading

March 11, 2014
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New Insight into an Emerging Genome-Editing Tool

Berkeley Researchers Show Expanded Role for Guide RNA in Cas9 Interactions with DNA The potential is there for bacteria and other microbes to be genetically engineered to perform a cornucopia of valuable goods and services, from the production of safer, … Continue reading

August 24, 2013
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Google, Intel Founders Support Undersea Research by UMass Amherst Microbiologist

AMHERST, Mass. – When microbiologist James Holden of the University of Massachusetts Amherst launches new studies next month of the microbes living deep in the cracks and thermal vents around an undersea volcano, for the first time in his 25-year … Continue reading

August 18, 2013
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Microbial Who-Done-It for Biofuels

New Technique Identifies Populations Within a Microbial Community Responsible for Biomass Deconstruction One of the keys to commercialization of advanced biofuels is the development of cost-competitive ways to extract fermentable sugars from lignocellulosic biomass. The use of enzymes from thermophiles … Continue reading