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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Probiotics may have a limited influence on the gut microbiome and, when taken to offset the effects of antibiotics, might even delay the return of the microbiome to its pre-treatment state.

About 3.9 million adults in the US take either prebiotic or probiotic supplements, often for the purpose of easing symptoms affecting their gastrointestinal tracts or to promote health. At the same time, others take supplements to offset the effects of antibiotics on the gut microbiota.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

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