The Earth's microbiome plays a role in keeping the planet balanced for life, writes the University of Arizona's Raina Maier in a guest blog at Scientific American. The air, she notes, is only breathable because microbes began photosynthesizing and releasing oxygen.

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

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