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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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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

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