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Plant growth-promoting bacteria enhance plant salinity tolerance

Soil salinity is a serious problem in crop production, but the work of scientists helps to relieve it.

In a tiny worm, a close-up view of where genes are working

Researchers have produced new resources for research involving the roundworm C. elegans: a comprehensive view of which genes are active in each of the four major tissues of adult worms, as well as a tool for predicting gene activity across 76 more specific cell types.

How slick water and black shale in fracking combine to produce radioactive waste

Study explains how radioactive radium transfers to wastewater in the widely-used method to extract oil and gas.

International study suggest ancient globalization

Using energy consumption as a measure, a team of international scientists has found that ancient civilizations engaged in globalization more than previously believed, suggesting that an integrated global economy is nothing new and may have benefited societies for ages.

CRISPR screen identifies gene that helps cells resist West Nile, Zika viruses

Researchers now report the first use of CRISPR genome-wide screening to identify a gene that helps cells resist flavivirus infection.

E. coli’s adaptation to extreme temperatures helps explain resistance to certain drugs

A new study suggests that defenses against extreme temperatures give E. coli bacteria an advantage in fending off certain drugs. The work could help doctors administer antibiotics in a more precise way.

Targeting this key bacterial molecule could reduce the need for antibiotics

Scientists have shown that cellulose serves a mortar-like role to enhance the adhesion of bacteria to bladder cells, causing urinary tract infections.

Taste preferences connected to success of long-term weight loss after bariatric surgery

Following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), a type of bariatric surgery, many patients exhibit a reduction in taste preference for sweet and fatty foods, although this effect may only be temporary, according to new research.

First evidence that soot from polluted air is reaching placenta

Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in placentas for the first time, in new research.

New tool helps conservationists make smarter decisions

A new tool could help ensure limited conservation dollars are well spent by determining which actions would save the most species per dollar.

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