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The body's microbiota helps people and animals break down food, synthesize vitamins, and fight off nastier microbes, and Ed Yong at Not Exactly Rocket Science writes that killing off the microbiota through antibiotic use may be a factor in the rise of obesity. A new study in Nature from Martin Blaser's group at New York University School of Medicine find that giving

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Science speaks with the University of Michigan's Jedidiah Carlson, who has tracked population genetic discussions at white nationalist sites.

Gene therapies could qualify for a faster US Food and Drug Administration approval process, according to Stat News.

NPR reports that the US House of Representatives has passed a bill to enable terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs.

In Genome Research this week: inversion variants mapped in human, non-human primate genomes; transcriptome profiling of maize, sorghum; and more.