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Using a new CRISPR-Cas9-based genome-deletion tool, a team led by Stanford University investigators has uncovered a role for microbiome-derived molecules in immunity. In order to better understand the role of the hundreds of molecules produced by gut microbiota that enter circulation, the scientists developed a knockout system for the gut bacterium Clostridium.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

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