The Other Factor

People are mostly bacterial cells, and researchers are beginning to understand how those microorganisms can affect health — especially chronic disease, writes The Economist. Washington University in St. Louis' Jeffrey Gordon has shown that overweight people have difference bacterial flora than slim people and that malnourished people have different flora than well-nourished people.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.