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Rockefeller’s Science Outreach program explores the microbes in food

Rockefeller’s Science Outreach program explores the microbes in foodHigh school students designed research projects to investigate the role that microscopic organisms play in cheeses and other foods. The program aims to let students experience the scientific method firsthand. More »

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Researchers discover new antibiotics by sifting through the human microbiome

MRSA screenThe bacteria we carry within us could be a untapped source of new drugs. Researchers put this idea to the test by mining the human microbiome for new antibiotics—and identified two compounds that might be effective against some particularly dangerous bacteria. More »

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Study explains how an intestinal microbe protects against other, more dangerous bacteria

Worm Cross Section ThumbnailWorking in animal models, scientists have found that an enzyme produced by one microbe can shield the gut against attack from other, more harmful bacteria. The findings could potentially inform the design of new probiotics for use against dangerous pathogens like those spreading hospital-acquired infections. More »

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Drug-resistant bacteria lurk in subway stations, high school students discover

Drug-resistant bacteria lurk in subway stations, high school students discoverAs part of an effort to identify DNA found throughout New York City, students in Rockefeller’s Science Outreach Program have been swabbing surfaces in the subway system. Their work has turned up bacteria resistant to two common antibiotics. More »

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Searching for drugs in dirt, researchers call on citizen scientists

dirtonscale_thumb_2014 Soil microbes are believed to make a wealth of as-yet undiscovered molecules, including antibiotics. But getting at them isn’t easy. To make these potentially helpful bugs easier to find, researchers want to create maps, and they need help.
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