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The Surfer's Ome

The University of California, San Diego's Cliff Kapono is amassing microbial samples from surfers around the world to gauge the extent to which oceans change those communities and help spread antibiotic resistance, the New York Times reports.

Kapono has collected samples from surfers' heads, mouths, and navels, among other body parts, as well as from their boards, the Times adds.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.