New techniques allow specific modifications in certain members of a complex community of microbes, without isolating them in pure culture first!
Microbe of the episode:
Tomato golden mosaic virus
This study tested a method for modification of single or multiple species in a community of many. The method allows for identification of which species were successfully modified in targeted ways, and can allow the modified species to be extracted and studied individually.
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