The National Institutes of Health today announced that it has awarded $42 million to "expand the scope" of eight different projects involved in the Human Microbiome Project.

The Human Microbiome Project is a five-year, $157 million project launched in 2008 as part of NIH's Common Funds Roadmap for Medical Research, and is designed to link changes in the human microbiome to health and disease.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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