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Evidently Borat is More Popular than Either Watson or Venter

Jonathan Eisen points out a new fun tool at EMBL's site. With this phylogenetics visualizing tool, people can zoom in and out to see different branches of the tree of life from anywhere with an Internet connection -- bringing Eisen to remark that Peer Bork seems to be "trying to become the Google of phylogenetics." Down in the comment section, Carl Zimmer says to check out the representative person on the human branch of the tree -- and it's not Venter nor Watson, but the highly esteemed Borat.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.