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In California, microbiologists at the University of California, Davis analyzed swabs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and compared them with...

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Microbe is a pain in the gut, triggers IBD

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The sky is falling! 800 million viruses fall from the sky every day

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Life originated on earth or from outer space? Scientists seek answer via microbes

In India, scientists from the Indian Space Research Organization, National Centre for Cell Science, Inter-University Centre For Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Tata Institute...

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