Microbes Around Us

Microbes are everywhere, shaping the environment, even indoors, and a series of studies indicates that the design of those indoor spaces may affect what microorganisms are found there, Wired reports.

"Design choices at the level of a whole building make a really big impact on the types of invisible organisms that you see in a room," Jessica Green, a microbial ecologist at the University of Oregon, tells Wired.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.