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Tiny Worlds

From the social network in the soil to the ecosystem in your body, it’s amazing what’s hidden just out of sight

The sugar in semen makes HIV drugs less effective

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High levels of the sugar can obstruct antivirals from linking with viruses

Marnie Willman, University of Manitoba Bannatyne

To stop pancreatic cancer from spreading, cut out the chatter

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Max Levy, Science and Health Journalism

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Gamers are one-upping nature and computers by designing whole new proteins

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Luyi Cheng, Northwestern University

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Pregnant women must get their flu shots to help avoid future influenza epidemics

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Marnie Willman, University of Manitoba Bannatyne

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Wildfires in Canada are burning down forests of mushrooms

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Fungal communities are negatively affected by the frequent, intense forest fires that climate change has brought us

Olivia Box, University of Vermont

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It's time to highlight our fungus friends in our microbiomes

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Adriana Romero-Olivares, University of New Hampshire

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Scientists have engineered a self-destruct button in bacteria

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Molly Sargen, Harvard University

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It looks like microbes can help clean up mining pollution

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Rose Jones, Bigelow Laboratory of Ocean Science

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The secret to sounder sleep may be lurking in our guts

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Hannah Thomasy, University of Washington

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Don't fear germs – at least not too much

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Microbes are neither purely 'good' nor 'bad'

Jennifer Tsang, Microbiology

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

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Maite Ghazaleh Bucher, University of Georgia

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How paper towels could revolutionize DNA analysis

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Jennifer Tsang, Microbiology

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How scientists are mapping the building blocks of life

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Joshua Peters, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Why teamwork is better than attempting lone heroism in science

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Samantha McWhirter, University of Toronto

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Beetles exploit bacteria labor to grow their exoskeletons

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Melanie Silvis, UC San Francisco

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Scientists found an entire herpes virus genome hiding out in fish DNA

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Researchers have made a bizarre discovery involving transposons, parasitic DNA found in fish (and humans)

Dan Samorodnitsky

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