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How Bacteria Will Make Our World Cleaner and Healthier

[Nova] During her training as a soil scientist, Berkeley Lab’s Janet Jansson never imagined that she’d end up poring over gene sequences from a person’s intestines. For 20 years, she used every known trick to coax soil microbes into divulging their secrets. When those didn’t work, she developed her own, including an early and widely cited method for purifying DNA from bacteria living in soil. It was gratifying work, if not the most high profile. That would soon change, though. More>