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Scientists from the Broad Institute report in this week's Science a number of previously unknown mechanisms microbes use to defend against viral threats. Bacteria and archaea are known to employ dedicated antiviral defense systems such as CRISPR and restriction endonucleases, but the enormous diversity of viruses suggests there are more such systems to be discovered.

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