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New York University's Martin Blaser, among others, is concerned about antibiotics' effects on the human microbiome, reports The New York Times. Blaser notes that when mice are given antibiotics, mimicking what is given to children to treat ear and throat infections — which is also enough to kill the gut bacterium H. pylori — they have an increase in body fat.

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A new Trump executive order about "free inquiry" on college campuses may threaten $35 billion-worth of federal research funding, reports Ars Technica.

As we enter conference season, Nature News asks why graduate students and postdocs are sometimes forced to choose between paying the rent and paying to attend important meetings.

A new analysis says that a 2018 study claiming to show biparental mtDNA inheritance has several flaws.

In PNAS this week: a genome sequence analysis of Crucihimalaya himalaica, multicellularity and fruiting body development in mushroom-forming fungi, and more.