Massive open online courses have quite a bit to offer the research and advanced science education communities, from providing ways to learn very specific bits of knowledge and techniques to enabling collaborative and inventive ways for young researchers to develop, according to a commentary in Nature.

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In PNAS this week: genomic study of group B Streptococcus evolution, selection on the X chromosome in great apes, and more.

Changing the fat and fiber content of people's diets affects their gut microbiome, metabolome, and colon cancer risk, researchers say.

Broken links are found throughout academic publications, and some services are trying to combat such link decay.

Nick Stockton at Wired says that a pause in studying genome-editing tools should be used to find a path forward.