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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

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

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The flu virus treats the altered immune systems of pregnant individuals as its training ground to get stronger, making vaccination an imperative

Marnie Willman, University of Manitoba Bannatyne

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Wildfires in Canada are burning down forests of mushrooms

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Olivia Box, University of Vermont

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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 next therapeutic frontier may be in your gut

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Scientists are trying to harness the microbiome for healing

Kevin Pels, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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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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

Genes are like the cosmos: the more we discover, the more we have to explore

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"I don't know how to keep the air in my chest thinking about the scale and size of the unknown"

Dan Samorodnitsky

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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