'Stable marriages' between microbes, nutrients may explain diverse yet stable communities

Bliss Faculty Scholar and Professor of Bioengineering Sergei Maslov, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois Credit: L. Brian Stauffer A mathematical model created by University of Illinois researchers could help scientists better understand an intriguing characteristic of microbial communities: their ability to achieve stability despite being so diverse. Microbial communities are…

Alarming error common in survey analyses

It is difficult to understate the importance of survey data: They tell us who we are and—in the hands of policymakers—what to do. It had long been apparent to Brady West, an expert on survey methodology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, that the benefits of survey data coexisted with a lack of training…