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The presence of a certain bacterium in the guts of runners may help boost athletic performance, according to a report in this week's Nature Medicine. A group led by Harvard University investigators analyzed stool samples from 15 long-distance runners for one week before and one week after the runners participated in the Boston Marathon.

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

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