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As part of an effort to understand how microbes affect human health, the Guardian's Andrew Anthony sent off a fecal microbiome sample to be analyzed by Paul O'Toole at the BioSciences Institute in Cork, Ireland.

Anthony writes that his microbiome appears fairly healthy — mostly firmicutes and bacteroidetes on the phylum level, but also including roseburia, which produce butyrate, and lachnospira, but fewer bacteroides and alistipes than usual.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.