Rich and diverse microbiomes in our local environment are important for keeping us healthy.
Aug. 4, 2020 • ~7 min
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Finally, an answer to a long-bubbling question: What works best – bar or liquid soap?
July 14, 2020 • ~7 min
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Cassandra Extavour and Leo Blondel provide the strongest suggestive evidence yet that at least part of a specific gene came from bacterial genomes.
June 2, 2020 • ~9 min
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Human psychology has evolved to avoid situations that could lead to infection. Behavioral choices now could have long-term effects on how people interact with others and the world.
May 4, 2020 • ~10 min
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Leaving your coat at home on a cold winter day doesn't automatically mean you're going to get sick. But it could make you more susceptible to germs.
Feb. 20, 2020 • ~4 min
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