This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week, a team led by investigators in Germany and Chile tackles microbial habitat patterns in Chile's Atacama Desert, a "hyper-arid" desert considered one of the driest sites on the globe. Based on soil testing, metabolic profiling, microbial genome replication rates and community patterns, and other approaches, the researchers saw signs that indigenous microbial communities crop up intermittently in the Atacama Desert, despite its inhospitable environment.

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