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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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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.