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How a fungus causes the collapse of salamander populations

The fungal skin disease "Chytridiomycosis" is an important cause for amphibian diversity loss. This particular disease is emblematic for human mediated spread of pathogens from their native into new ranges, with the potential to extirpate the newly invaded host populations. The Asian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium... click to read more

  • Frank Pasmans | Professor at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • An Martel | Professor at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Views 4077
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 16, 2017
Red in Tooth and Claw: another weapon against antibiotic resistance

Bacteria are an integral part of human life. These organisms are on your skin, in your mouth, your ears, and your gut. After birth, a diverse population is acquired by the age of three and remarkably the population is quite similar and just as diverse... click to read more

  • Nicholas A. Isley | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute, BCC-483, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Rd. La Jolla, CA 92037
Views 5443
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 3, 2017
The cutting EDGE: Bringing genomics to everyone

Diabetes, infertility, cancer, allergies, Alzheimer's disease - the key to one day preventing or even curing such afflictions and diseases (both infectious and genetically driven) may be locked in our own genetic code and the code of microorganisms that inhabit our bodies. Genomics, the study... click to read more

  • Patrick Chain | Professor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy's NNSA, USA
Views 4017
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 14, 2017
Invisible allies for healthy juvenile growth

Maybe you remember it from your childhood. There was a doorframe in your parents' house, marked by a ladder of small horizontal lines, with dates and your name written next to each line: the more recent the date, the higher the position of the line.... click to read more

  • Martin Schwarzer | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institut de génomique fonctionnelle de Lyon, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS and Université Claude Bernard Lyon, Lyon
Views 4385
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 12, 2016
Cold adaptation: gut bacteria can make the difference

If someone told you that in our body we harbour billions of bacteria, surely you would feel mocked, but it's true! There is evidence showing that microbes colonize all the part of our body that are exposed to the external environment (like mouth and skin),... click to read more

  • Daniele Guido | PhD student at Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 3668
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 7, 2016