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The Human Collective

The microbiome and the virome made it to the editorial pages of the New York Times where the editors write that while "we think of ourselves as individuals" that "we are also a complex ecosystem, a habitat." The editorial was inspired by the recent Nature paper from Washington University's Jeffrey Gordon on fecal virome diversity. Gordon and his colleagues found that the fecal viromes of identical twins varied widely from one another, and from their mothers, in contrast to findings that family members tend to have similar bacterial communities. "The result is a significantly different view of who we are," the Times says. The paper adds: "We are not just the expression of an individual human genome. We are, as Dr. Gordon writes, 'a genetic landscape,' a collective of genomes of hundreds of different species all working together."

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.