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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

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.