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Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

Scavengers may not play as key a role in spreading anthrax disease through wildlife populations as previously assumed.
Engineering Algae to Make the "Wonder Material" Nanocellulose

Engineering Algae to Make the "Wonder Material" Nanocellulose

Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar, Kombucha tea and nata de coco may help turn algae into solar-powered factories for producing nanocellulose.

Researchers Create New Bacteria Designed to Improve Vaccines

Sixty one newly generated strains of E. coli may improve some vaccines.
Lack of Key Enzyme in the Metabolism of Folic Acid Leads to Birth Defects

Lack of Key Enzyme in the Metabolism of Folic Acid Leads to Birth Defects

Scientists discover the clearest mechanistic link yet between folic acid and birth defects, which helps explain why folic acid dietary supplements don't prevent all neural tube defects.

Designer Bacteria May Lead to Better Vaccines

Designer Bacteria May Lead to Better Vaccines

61 new strains of genetically engineered bacteria may improve the efficacy of vaccines for diseases such as flu, pertussis, cholera and HPV.

This Is What a Virus Infecting a Cell Looks Like

A video shows the first the first time scientists have observed a virus inserting its tail into a cell to infect it.

Foraging Bees and the Perils of Pavement

Paved areas inhibit bee movement and impact pollination.
Biologist Aims to Hunt Down and Destroy Viruses Where They Hide

Biologist Aims to Hunt Down and Destroy Viruses Where They Hide

Chris Sullivan is working to outwit the evolutionary strategies of viruses, like herpes and HIV, that form persistent lifelong infections.

Three Faculty Members Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Faculty chosen for their scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications.

Wine Swindle Benefits a Chemistry Professor and his Undergraduate Corps of Wine Detectives

Wine Swindle Benefits a Chemistry Professor and his Undergraduate Corps of Wine Detectives

A crime in France and a class action suit in the U.S. leads to Professor Eric Anslyn receiving funding to support student research on the chemistry of wine.