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Swimming through complex bodily fluids gets simpler

August 15, 2013

It's an uncomfortable truth of life that our bodily fluids are chock full of microscopic swimming organisms - maybe even more uncomfortable to researchers that those little swimmers do laps faster than the theories describing their motion would allow.

Essential mechanism of symbiosis found in Hawaiian squid

August 14, 2013

Experiments at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a small squid that glows in the dark have uncovered a complex conversation that allows the newly hatched squid to attract the glowing, symbiotic bacteria that disguises it against predators.

In sync: Squid, glowing companions march in genetic harmony

January 19, 2010

Most humans are blissfully unaware that we owe our healthful existence to trillions of microbes that make their home in the nooks and crannies of the human body, primarily the gut.

Mutant parasites, unable to infect hosts, highlight virulence genes

May 30, 2007

With a single approach, microbiologists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have identified dozens of clues to how human parasites may infect their hosts.

Gene that governs toxin production in deadly mold found

April 13, 2007

For the growing number of people with diminished immune systems - cancer patients, transplant recipients, those with HIV/AIDS - infection by a ubiquitous mold known as Aspergillus fumigatus can be a death sentence.