This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers report the results of a multi-omics analysis of microbes in permafrost. This constantly frozen soil covers more than 20 percent of the Earth's surface and holds vast stores of carbon. The release of this carbon upon thawing is dependent on microbial responses, but little is known about the microbial communities in permafrost.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.