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A Microbial Version of the Audubon Society?

Some people use field guides to identify birds, butterflies, or other wildlife. University of California, Davis, biologist Jonathan Eisen wants to give microbe hunters a similar aid, reports Wired Science's Daniela Hernandez. As a kid, as Eisen recounted at a talk during the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual conference, he used to go around with binoculars and a guide book to find as many animals as he could. Now, he added, "I dream of having the equivalent for microbes."

Eisen wants the guide to be a collaboration between researchers and interested lay people, Hernandez says. Such a guide would contain information on major lineages and taxonomy, different species, global distribution patterns of microbes, descriptions of each organism's biology, and probably a genetic signature to help microbe hunters identify their specimens, she adds.

The Scan

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

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In PLOS: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.

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