8/8/2013 8:30 AM
| DEBORAH FRANKLIN
In a cool bit of science they recently published in the journal mBio, the researchers describe how they created a microbial community in a lab dish that mimics what happens in the lining of the human nose and upper throat.
Normally S. pneumoniae bacteria organize themselves there into a stable and highly structured slick, or biofilm, with other microbes, Hakansson says. "You'll see towers growing up," he says, "with channels coming down for water and nutrients," all layered atop the human cells.
8/7/2013 9:38 AM
| Elise Hu
In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Previously we've featured the sink-urinal and a better travel neck pillow. (Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.)
8/5/2013 8:50 AM
| Patti Neighmond and Richard Knox
When Sally O'Neill's doctor told her she had an early form of cancer in one of her breasts, she didn't agonize about what she wanted to.
The 42-year-old mother of two young girls wanted a double mastectomy.
8/2/2013 8:14 AM
| DAN CHARLES AND ELIZA BARCLAY
The Food and Drug Administration issued Friday the first legally binding rules for what food companies can legally label "gluten-free."
The rules should help millions of Americans who can't tolerate gluten in their diet.