Behold the humble water flea, locked in a battle of mythological proportions

Behold the humble water flea, locked in a battle of mythological proportions

Biologist Rachel Penczykowski in Arts & Sciences sizes up an unlikely natural phenomenon: when parasitism actually causes the number of hosts to increase, an effect known as a hydra effect. Her study of common water fleas and their fungal parasites includes laboratory components and an analysis of 13 fungal epidemics.
Gordon receives Balzan Prize

Gordon receives Balzan Prize

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, at Washington University School of Medicine, is a recipient of this year’s Balzan Prize for his role in founding the field of human gut microbiome research and revolutionizing the understanding of gut microbes and their roles in human health and disease.
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