Agathos Biologics expanding and hiring in 2018

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Lay off the sugar cookies and eat some fiber instead

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Microbes get memory and…ahem…gas in latest engineering project

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No ifs, ands or butts –  worms with no anus haven’t evolved for millions...

In Japan, deep sea worms with no central nervous system, no kidneys and no butts, are somehow still living today deep in the seafloor...

No pain, no gain for family with genetic mutation that doesn’t allow them to...

In Italy, a family shares a gene variant that causes them to not feel pain sensations, which seemingly a positive thing, has its downsides...

Flower or flesh? Genetics explain mosquito preference

In Ohio, researchers at Ohio State University are working on creating a world in which mosquitoes choose flowers over flesh, saving us from itchy...

Space Station microbes similar to home microbes

In California, microbiologists at the University of California, Davis analyzed swabs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and compared them with...

Fighting climate change with genetically modified livestock in Africa

In Kenya, the International Livestock Research Institute is helping create climate and disease resistant livestock to help farmers in Africa adapt to diseases like...

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