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by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

There are some cases where, if the results are somewhat variable, you think you’ve controlled for everything. This is another thing that you need to look at to make sure that you’ve accounted for it.  . . . Don’t ignore it anymore.

—University of Michigan Medical School researcher Vincent Young talking to The Scientist about how varied microbiomes among lab mice could be at the root of some problems with reproducibility, according to a Nature Microbiology paper published earlier this year (April 5)

Our study shows that bearded men harbour significantly higher burden of microbes and more human-pathogenic strains than dogs.

Andreas Gutzeit et al., authors of a recent paper comparing the microbial assemblages present in 18 human beards and microbes in the...

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9. Relating to stars
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14. Not acquired from nurture
15. UFO part
17. Nitric acid (2 wds.)
20. Lion, shark, or T. rex
21. Exemplar of deadness
22. Legumes providing proteins
23. Kind of pool or therapy


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2. Fungus studied by Pasteur
3. Uto-___ language family
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6. Radiation powerhouses amid galaxies
7. Name lender, as Kelvin or Hertz
9 . Unpredictable changes, as in DNA
13 . Emit, as light or heat (2 wds.)
14. Annual raised by the Maya and Incas
15. When weasels may turn white
16. Funny George who said, “Electricity is really just organized lightning”
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