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Duke's Claudia Gunsch is working on a way to silence genes in bacteria using short, singled-stranded DNA, says MIT's Technology Review. If she can get it to work -- she recently presented a proof-of-concept study at the American Society for Microbiology -- there are a variety of applications, including engineering better biofuels, turning off bacterial antibiotic-resistance genes, and filtering bacteria in water.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

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