This Week in PNAS

Using molecular techniques, scientists led by Harvard's Jacob Russell and Corrie Moreau have studied gut microbes in ants to find patterns of symbiosis. Surveying 283 species from 18 of the 21 ant subfamilies, they found "a wealth of bacteria from across the ants." Herbivorous "turtle ants" often had symbiotic bacteria from clades within the Burkholderiales, Pseudomonadales, Rhizobiales, Verrucomicrobiales, and Xanthomonadales.

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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.