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Horizontal gene transfer in microbial communities

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have found that microbial species living on cheese have transferred thousands of genes between each other. They also identified regional hotspots where such exchanges take place, including several genomic “islands” that host exchanges across several species of bacteria. The process named horizontal …

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Nematodes as a force to kill insects that infect crops

Tiny eel-like creatures called nematodes are surrounding us. While they can be free-living (a cup of soil or seawater contains thousands), the most well-known nematodes are the parasitic kind that wreak havoc in people, animals and plants. Despite their reputation, scientists at the University of California, Riverside are studying nematodes …

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Advances in quantitative analysis

The August 2017 issue of SLAS TECHNOLOGY reports advances in quantitative analysis that illustrates how the progression of research assays from qualitative outputs toward increasingly sensitive quantitative outputs is transforming life sciences and biomedical research and diagnostics by improving the ability of researchers and clinicians to detect and quantify increasingly complex assays. …

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