In a study that may make you want to go wash your hands, Weill Cornell Medical College's Christopher Mason and his colleagues report on the microbial species living in the New York City subway system as well as in some city parks and the Gowanus Canal, as GenomeWeb reports.

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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.