About 10,000 species of microbes live in our personal microbiomes, and they are under threat from us.

James Watson argues that genes should not be patented (PDF at link).

To help clean up toxic water, let the fungi in. I think I’m starting to be converted to a major fan of fungi. Is there anything it can’t do?

We might be close to eradicating the horrifying guinea worm (NSF weak stomachs).

How scientists will win the war against mosquitoes. Lots of ideas for the management of malaria vectors get a mention, but what they don’t say (except a one-liner at the very end) is that integrated pest management (combining many different techniques) is probably going to be the only way to win the war.

How disrupting an ecosystem can cause disease.

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