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Watch Out for the Lay People Hanging Around PubMed

Not only do scientists use PubMed to search for all the information under the sun on a given topic, but so do lay people -- and the NCBI noticed and made a small change. When working on her mumps posts, Sandra Porter noticed the fairly new box at the bottom right of the PubMed results page that includes patient drug information from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. "Even better," she writes, "the information is written in English! My students always complained about the difficulty of reading abstracts in PubMed."


The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.