An Eye on the Bugs

A new report from a US advisory group says oversight of risky pathogen research could be strengthened, ScienceInsider reports.

The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) working group found that while only a small portion of gain-of-function pathogen studies may pose a risk, oversight policies vary and may not be sufficient.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.