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AS SHUTDOWN DRAGS ON, SCIENTISTS SCRAMBLE TO KEEP INSECTS, PLANTS AND MICROBES ALIVE –

AS SHUTDOWN DRAGS ON, SCIENTISTS SCRAMBLE TO KEEP INSECTS, PLANTS AND MICROBES ALIVE – Three days a week, entomologist Don Weber shows up to work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s empty campus in Maryland. As the partial government shutdown continues, he has to perform an important task: feeding the hundreds of insects he raises in his lab, which keep hatching, mating and dying. Weber has permission to do limited essential work, albeit without pay. Government researchers who study living things face mounting challenges. (Peoria Journal Star)

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