Industrious Bugs

Gut bacteria do a lot. As Ed Yong writes at Not Exactly Rocket Science, they help in digesting food, fighting infections, and brain development. They also, he notes, appear to help some cancer therapies work, at least in mice.

Two independent groups of researchers — one at the US National Cancer Institute and the other in Gustave Roussy Institute in France — found that three cancer therapies seemed to rely on the gut microbiome to be effective.

To read the full story....

Register for Free.

...and receive Daily News bulletins.

Already have a GenomeWeb or 360Dx account?
Login Now.

Researchers in China have generated mouse pups from same-sex parents, according to Scientific American.

Two research teams find a role for PIEZO2 in touch sensitivity after injury and inflammation.

The South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong plans to add HK$20 billion (US$2.6 billion) to a research endowment.

In Science this week: open genetic genealogy databases can lead to the identification of individuals who have not sought testing, and more.