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Not all bacteria are killers. Gut bacteria help people use the food they eat to their advantage and studies show bacteria may even influence people's behavior. At Ars Technica, John Timmer says this creates a challenge for the immune system, which must learn to kill harmful bacteria while avoiding the helpful strains, though still keeping those good bugs under control.

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American scientists find themselves once again warning the Trump administration not to dismiss science, the New Yorker report.

A new study suggests CRISPR could be used to save coral reefs from dying off, Forbes reports.

Researchers have found that the i-motif shape of DNA previously observed in the lab also exists in human cells, and that it may serve a purpose.

In PNAS this week: a genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic analysis of the tea plant, Arabidopsis thaliana's adaptations to specific local environments, and more.