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After a study finds DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Beijing smog, residents there worry, according to the New York Times.

Eurasian brown bear

Stool and blood samples from 16 Eurasian brown bears revealed gut microbial components and metabolite patterns the vary hibernating and active bears.

Weight-loss surgeries affect patients' gut microbiomes, according to a team of Swedish researchers.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The groups of microbial genes present in an individual's gut can provide clues about that person's propensity for developing type 2 diabetes and related metabolic profiles, a new study suggests.

A team from the University of Gothenburg working with Life Technologies has published a technique combining reverse transcription and proximity ligation to allow quantitative PCR measurements of the DNA, RNA, and proteins from a single cell.

The findings, published in JAMA, suggest that the biomarkers could pinpoint cases of incipient Alzheimer's with 83 percent sensitivity and 72 percent specificity. Nevertheless, those involved say it's too early to routinely use the biomarkers in the clinic.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.