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Melanie Silvis

Molecular Microbiology

UC San Francisco

Proud parent of millions of bacteria, lover of genetics and microbe-centric views of the world. I study the things that make bacteria tick, and how antibiotics mess them up.

Melanie has authored 5 articles

Scientists want to harness our microbiomes for cancer treatments

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Microbes' fight for survival can help cancers thrive or help us treat it

Melanie Silvis

Refrigeration slows – but doesn't stop – food rot. Now scientists know why

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Bacteria like E. coli have a system to recover from the cold

Melanie Silvis

How gut bacteria manipulates your immune system – by mimicking it

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Scientists are discovering how microbes 'speak' with the body

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Beetles exploit bacteria labor to grow their exoskeletons

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New research has revealed a "symbiotic organ" in weevils, showing how tiny organisms shape larger life

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Evolution is a lot messier than we thought

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Cells evolved haphazardly, not in one overall arc

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