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In this week’s Science, researchers at Caltech and MIT report their use of microfluidic digital PCR "to physically link single bacterial cells harvested from a natural environment with a viral marker gene." The authors suggest that their approach — which "does not require culturing hosts or viruses" — is a useful "method for examining virus-bacterium interactions in many environments."

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