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An international team led by investigators at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany show that the orphan toll-like receptor TLR13 "in mice recognizes a conserved 23S ribosomal RNA sequence that is the binding site of macrolide, lincosamide, and streptogramin group antibiotics, including erythromycin, in bacteria." In a Science paper published online in advance this week, the researchers add that their results point to "both a natural TLR13 ligand and specific mechanisms of a

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Nature News reports on the US National Science Foundation's investigations of undisclosed foreign ties among researchers it funds.

Researchers have developed a set of 10 principles to guide how a list of all species on earth should be put together, the Guardian reports.

Wired reports on a new firm developing a gene writing approach for therapeutic genome changes.

In Nature this week: a method called cis-X combines whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing data to identify regulatory noncoding variants, and more.