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MIXED-UP MICROBES  Children with autism spectrum disorders have unusual mixes of gut microbes. Altering those mixes has positive, long-lasting effects on behavior, a study finds.

Hawaiian bobtail squid

BOBTAIL BACTERIA  Hawaiian bobtail squid have a secret weapon to protect their eggs and offspring: fungus-fighting bacteria.

Treponema pallidum

GROWTH SPURT Scientists have finally figured out how to culture curly syphilis-causing bacteria (shown, colorized) using rabbit epithelial cells and a special growth medium.

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