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Mouth's Many Species Decoded in Living Color

Personal oral hygiene notwithstanding, your mouth is sloshing with hundreds of species of microorganisms. Most are harmless, but some can do real damage, such as causing periodontitis, in which the microbes that cause plaque get below the gum line, leading to inflammation and infection.Researchers have had a tough time sorting out all of these small species—and how they interact...

December 7, 2011 — Katherine Harmon

"The Future of Food is Microbiology?!!"

David Chang of Momofuku gives an awesome talk about microbiology and food for Harvard's Science and Cooking seminars, with a special cameo by my very good friend Ben Wolfe, mycologist/botanist/microbiologist/cheese expert extraordinaire...

December 7, 2011 — Christina Agapakis

Open Lab 2011! (but really 2012)

The final 50 posts (plus one poem) that will comprise the next edition of the yearly anthology of the best science writing on the web have been officially announced by this year's editor Jennifer Ouellette.Having served as editor for last year's edition, I know just how hard and painful the editing process can be – how much more impressive, then, this awesome example of the incredible variation and diversity within the science blogosphere...

December 7, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

For all your blogging needs...

It's heading into the festive season, and unfortunately what with parties, Christmas, work, and trying to organise a honeymoon and then taking a honeymoon there will be something of a decrease in your regular Lab Rat blog posts over the next couple of months...

December 7, 2011 — S.E. Gould

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