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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.

The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.