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.

Scientists want to harness our microbiomes for cancer treatments

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

Evolution is a lot messier than we thought

Cells evolved haphazardly, not in one overall arc

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How gut bacteria manipulates your immune system โ€“ by mimicking it

Scientists are discovering how microbes 'speak' with the body

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Beetles exploit bacteria labor to grow their exoskeletons

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

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Can corals be saved? The key may be in their microbes

Biologists are studying corals with techniques designed for humans

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Scientists are recruiting live bacteria to fight deadly infections

A study in rural India is raising hopes for a future without antibiotics

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HIV uses camouflage to hide from cell defenses

Viruses are fighting an evolutionary arms race in our DNA

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