This Week in PLOS

Researchers from Howard University and JCVI examined the fecal microbiome of half a dozen African-American patients with and without colonic polyps. As they report in PLOS One this week, they used a combination of a 16S rRNA phylogenetic array, the HITChip, and 16s rRNA sequencing to find that the patient and healthy samples differed in the levels of Bacteroides.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.