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In PLoS Biology this week, a team led by investigators at the State University of Campinasi in Brazil uses metagenomics to show that the presence of gut microbiota in TLR2-deficient mice — which, "under germ-free conditions, are protected from diet-induced insulin resistance" — could reverse the animal's phenotype by inducing insulin resistance.

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Reuters reports that Germany is seeking to sequence 5 percent of patient samples that test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

23andMe and Medscape say primary care physicians are increasingly more comfortable with discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing results.

The publisher of the Science family of journals will allow some authors to place peer-reviewed versions of their papers into publicly accessible repositories.

In Science this week: analysis of genome-wide association studies of chronic kidney disease, and more.