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UNICEF estimates that over 2.2 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Micro-organisms are responsible for a host of waterborne diseases, but simultaneously offer solutions in purifying water and improving sanitation. Biofertilizers offer promising solutions for reduced nutrient runoff and wastewater recycling. As well as applying microbes to combat the problem, applied microbiologists can use their knowledge of health and disease to reduce cases of waterborne disease.

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Microbial viruses act as secret drivers of climate change

In a new study, scientists have discovered that viruses that infect microbes contribute to climate change by playing a key role in cycling methane, a potent greenhouse gas, through the environment. 

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Photosynthetic mechanism of purple sulfur bacterium adapted to low-calcium environments revealed

Researchers revealed the LH1-RC structures of Allochromatium vinosum, a model species of autotrophic bacteria capable of thriving in low-calcium or soft-water environments, at a resolution that enabled individual amino acid visualization.

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