The Economist weighs in, so to speak, on Jeff Gordon's research into the human gut microbiome and its link to obesity. Our favorite line in the article: "Humans might view themselves as a sort of collective organism - a human casing surrounding a vast colony of microbes."

Human casing. Now that's just yummy, isn't it?

 

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.