Commensal bacteria were critical shapers of early human populations

WASHINGTON, DC - December 16, 2014 – Using mathematical modeling, researchers at New York and Vanderbilt universities have shown that commensal bacteria that cause problems later in life most likely played a key role in stabilizing early human populations.

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Researchers Identify Novel Virus that Could Cause Respiratory Disease in Ball Pythons

WASHINGTON, DC – September 9, 2014 – Researchers have identified a novel virus that could be the source of a severe, sometimes fatal respiratory disease that has been observed in captive ball pythons since the 1990s. The work is published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Common European MRSA Originated in Africa

WASHINGTON, DC – August 26, 2014 – The predominant strain of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, a team of international researchers reported this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Polyester Clothes Stink After Exercise; Cotton, Not So Much

WASHINGTON, DC – September 3, 2014 – Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton, following intensive exercise by their wearers, because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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New Biomarker Highly Promising for Predicting Breast Cancer Outcomes

WASHINGTON, DC – August 25, 2014 – A protein named p66ShcA shows promise as a biomarker to identify breast cancers with poor prognoses, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.

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