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Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

By | August 28, 2017

A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.

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image: A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan

A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan

By | August 28, 2017

E. coli that make indoles protect older worms, flies, and mice from frailty. 

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Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding

By | August 24, 2017

A group of Danish obstetricians notes that the procedure carries risks and that there is little evidence supporting its benefits to the infant microbiome. 

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image: Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons

Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons

By | August 24, 2017

The composition of the gut microbiota varies by time of year and is more diverse than that of industrialized groups.

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The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem

By | August 24, 2017

A Northwestern University plague researcher has been charged with a brutal murder. Here’s what we know about him.

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Climate Change Language Deleted from NIH Site

By | August 23, 2017

The communications director at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says news reports of the changes are overblown.

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image: Trump Administration Disbands Climate Advisory Panel

Trump Administration Disbands Climate Advisory Panel

By | August 21, 2017

On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the panel’s charter would not be renewed.

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In a memo to federal agencies, the administration highlights defense and security, leaves off Earth and climate science, and limits the scope of basic research.

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image: Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants

Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants

By | August 16, 2017

An oral mix of a pre- and probiotic can decrease deaths from the condition, according to the results of a large clinical trial conducted in rural India. 

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