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Dairy calves at a research farm, Kim Dill-McFarland, Rey Lab
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Ants in a grass-cutter ant fungus garden, Lily Khadempour, Currie Lab
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Amanita muscaria, Anne Pringle, Pringle Lab
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Media and Lake Mendota, Julia Martien, Amador-Noguez Lab
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Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River, Ben Peterson, McMahon Lab
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Differential sectoring in Rhizobium colonies due to random curing of a GFP plasmid, Matthew Crook, Ané Lab
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