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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.

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.

In Nature this week: Australian lungfish provides details on the movement of vertebrate life from water to land, and more.