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Researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital use "whole-genome transcriptional sequencing to systematically identify the sRNAs of Streptococcus pneumonia" in PLoS Pathogens this week. "Furthermore, using targeted genetic approaches and Tn-seq transposon screening, we demonstrate that many of the identified sRNAs have important global and niche-specific roles in virulence," the authors add.

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