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If you build it, they will come: designing microbial ecosystems in cheese

Colony of Staphylococcus xylosus bacteria isolated from cheese. Image by Ben Wolfe.

Microbes live in dense and diverse communities. There are billions of bacteria from thousands of species living together in your gut or in the soil. Sequencing the total DNA of these communities can give us a catalog of the diversity that’s there, but it can’t tell us much about the relationship between those organisms, how [...]

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Biological Decision Making: The Strange Connection Between Cows and Bacteria

Are cows more likely to lie down the longer they stand? This apparently simple question turns out to have an unexpected answer. The study, by a team of Scottish sustainable livestock systems researchers, won the 2013 IgNobel Prize for probability and has left many people puzzled about the mysteries of cow behavior. Unlike horses, cows [...]

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