Genetic screen identifies genes that protect cells from Zika virus: Genes found to safeguard against infection as well as resuscitate infected cells

The Zika virus has affected over 60 million people, mostly in South America. It has potentially devastating consequences for pregnant women and their unborn children, many of whom are born with severe microcephaly and other

Applying the Goldilocks principle to DNA structure: Scientists consider the form that may be ‘just right’ for scripting gene expression

The Goldilocks of fairy-tale fame knew something about porridge. It needed to be just right — neither too hot nor too cold. Same with furniture — neither too hard nor too soft. In a different

Women’s gut microbiomes appear to mature earlier than men’s: Age also seems to be a factor, with younger guts more bacterially diverse (a good thing) than older ones

The human gut microbiome is a complex microbial ecosystem that plays an important role in our health. For example, these microbes — bacteria, viruses, fungi — help regulate metabolism, fend off infections, produce essential vitamins

How a fungus can cripple the immune system: Research team clarifies the mechanism of gliotoxin, a mycotoxin from the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus

It is everywhere — and it is extremely dangerous for people with a weakened immune system. The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus occurs virtually everywhere on Earth, as a dark grey, wrinkled cushion on damp walls or

See-through fish aid scientists in autism-related breakthrough: Biologists’ study may help unravel the reasons for ‘tummy troubles’

University of Miami researchers have discovered a clue in the humble zebrafish’s digestive tract that, one day, could help people on the autism spectrum alleviate one of the most common yet least studied symptoms of

A better way to measure cell survival: New test rapidly evaluates the effect of drugs and potentially toxic compounds on cells

Measuring the toxic effects of chemical compounds on different types of cells is critical for developing cancer drugs, which must be able to kill their target cells. Analyzing cell survival is also an important task