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Poop Speaks

Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Pacific Biosciences' Eric Schadt foresees a future in which special toilets collect stool samples that can then be sent off for sequencing, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. "I think of it like a Netflix model," Schadt tells Bloomberg. "Where you take the sample from your toilet every day and mail it out to a sequencing service. Then you get an e-mail report back about what bugs are showing up in your area, what your diet looks like, and any disruptions in your microbiome that might be a concern." In addition to home sampling, Schadt says samples could be collected from spots like airports or emergency rooms to monitor public health concerns, like flu outbreaks.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.