NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Antimicrobial resistance genes harbored in the guts of pigs and chickens varies by country, especially among pigs, according to a new study focused on European farms.

Resistance to antimicrobials is a key threat to human health, according to the World Health Organization. While antimicrobial resistance occurs naturally, the WHO says the misuse of antibiotics in both people and livestock accelerates its development and that as resistance spreads, more infections become increasingly difficult to treat.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.

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