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A fine time for slime

Knowable Magazine, November 27, 2017

Hagfish repel predators with fast-forming super goop. Scientists are attracted to its potential for biomaterials.

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A nagging persistence

Nature Human Behaviour, January 10, 2017

Researchers dig deeper into why the cultural practice of female genital cutting continues — and how best to halt it.

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Reconstructing a lichen’s molecular architecture

mBiosphere Blog,  December 20, 2016

Chemist Pieter Dorrestein’s laboratory group has been developing mass spectrometry methods to look at what molecules are produced by microbes interacting in a petri dish. But recently, the group jumped out of the dish and into the dirt—to analyze a soil-dwelling lichen.

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The superhero in your vagina

Mosaic, October 11, 2016

While it’s healthy to have a variety of bacteria in our guts, there’s one place where a single dominant type is best: the vagina. Kendall Powell meets the researchers trying to make the world healthier, one vagina at a time.