Bellybuttonome

Science has finally breached the abyss, the ultimate heart of darkness, the deepest jungle … the belly button.

In a report in PLOS One this week, researchers from a handful of institutions say that they have found more than 2000 bacterial and archaeal phylotypes in the navels of 60 volunteers — an average of 67 different bacteria types per belly button.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.