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An international team led by investigators at the University of Michigan Medical School reports on its study of how germ-free mice "are unable to eradicate Citrobacter rodentium, a model for human infections." These results, the team says in a paper published online in advance this week, suggest that "pathogen colonization is controlled by bacterial virulence and through competition with metabolically related commensals."

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The Washington Post reports that US states and territories are seeking more funding for the distribution of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

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