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If you can’t grow it, you can’t study it. How can we sequence unculturable bacteria?

Sequencing bacteria helps us detect mutations that might be important for antibiotic resistance, virulence changes and other variations within a species. A major complication, though, is the fact that not every bacterium can be successfully grown in culture. So how can you sequence something when you can’t culture it? A recent study points to the… Read article →



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Revealing the hidden secrets in exosomes

Exosomes are small membrane vesicles or microvesicles, shed by cells into the bloodstream. They were considered as biological trash cans with the function of discarding or cleaning unwanted cellular particles, but scientists have discovered that they play an integral role in intercellular communication. Each exosome transmits DNA and RNA molecules through the blood and other… Read article →



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The vault of biological information, aka biobanking

Vaults were invented to keep valuable items safe and secure, guarding against theft and damage. In the world of biological research, the types of valuables and the threats against them are very different, but the need to store them safely for future use is the same. Biological vaults are called biobanks, and they’re repositories for… Read article →