Some researchers say that an individual's microbial community can aid physicians in tailoring their efforts to treat illness, reports MIT's Technology Review. Microbiologist Rob Knight of the University of Colorado, whose lab has done extensive work on microbes' effect on weight, says there is evidence to suggest that microbes can be used as markers for individualized treatment.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.