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Culture is a broad term to describe different social, religious, historical, and performative characteristics of a group of people. More specifically, culture is a community-defined construct that provides group identity, social connections, rules and ethics, political structures, and reproduction of practices. Culture is most often tied to ethnic groups and nations and can be a powerful force in nationalism. Anthropologists study culture.

However, even within a nation, competing cultures can be found. These are often referred to as subcultures.

A group that establishes its own set of values and behavior in opposition to a dominant group in society is termed a counter-culture.

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Among microbiologists, a culture is a particular sample of microorganisms, such as kombucha or any of the numerous groups of E. coli used by Richard Lenski.

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