This Week in PLOS

In PLOS One, a University of Washington-led team considers relationships between the gut microbial communities in Kenyan children and those in their surrounding environment. Using 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing, the researchers assessed microbes in fecal samples from almost 200 children in more than 150 households in western Kenya. They also profiled microbes in hundreds of household surface swabs, 158 cattle fecal samples, and 158 chicken swabs.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.