On the Daily Show with Jon Stewart this week, Martin Blaser from New York University argues that narrow-spectrum antibiotics and new diagnostics are needed to better home in on pathogenic bacteria while leaving beneficial members of the microbiome alone.

"We have so much genomic information, we can harness that to make better medicine," says Blaser, who was there promoting his new book Missing Microbes.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.