In Nature this week: new CRISPR nuclease described, gut bacteria reference, and more.
Two research groups have cultured and sequenced microbes in fecal samples from healthy volunteers, producing new reference genomes for hundreds of species.
In PLOS this week: splice variant linked to lethal condition in bull terriers, sequencing to search for pathogens at hot springs, and more.
The researchers also found that niche-based processes underlie how the skin microbiomes of people living in megacities are assembled.
In PLOS this week: microRNA helps M. tuberculosis escape the immune system, application of genome-scale metabolic models to drug design, and more.
In PNAS this week: multi-omic analysis of Atlantic Ocean samples, miR-351 linked to hepatic fibrosis during Schistosoma infection, and more.
Researchers compared microbes found by swabbing the International Space Station to swabs taken from houses and to the human microbiome.
Higher levels of oral bacteria like Tannerella forsythia and Porphyromonas gingivalis increased the risk of esophageal cancer, though other bacteria had protective effects.
Researchers crowdsourced thousands of microbiome samples to examine global microbial diversity and generate a resource for researchers.
Additional Human Microbiome Project samples have enabled a deeper look into the stability and molecular processes of the microbes that live on and in people.
Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.
St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.
In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.