The microbiome has been linked to a host of ailments, from ulcerative colitis to allergies, and efforts to harness the microbiome to correct these conditions are turning into a booming business, Mother Jones's Gabrielle Canon writes. But, she notes, the science may not be quite there.

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In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.