Week in Review: March 14–18

Maternal gut microbes and offspring immunity; epigenetic transmission of obesity and diabetes risk; haploid human stem cells; 2016 Salary Survey now open

Tracy Vence
Mar 18, 2016
  • Molecules released from the maternal gut microbiome guide neo- and postnatal immune system development, a mouse study shows.

  • Metabolic disease risk can be transmitted epigenetically via egg and sperm cells, according to a mouse study.

  • The Scientist’s 2016 Salary Survey is now open. Submit your responses and see where you stand on the global life science pay scale. Click here to participate.

Other news in life science:

Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old specimens indicates that Neanderthals had already diverged from their ancient-human predecessors.

Another Dengue Vaccine Shows Promise
Researchers demonstrate the success of a new combination vaccine in clinical trials.

Zika Update
Virus found in breastmilk; another disease linked to Zika infection; some mosquitoes resistant to pesticide; genetically engineered–mosquito field trials could proceed

Study: Genetic Tests Don’t Change Behavior
Knowing one’s genetic risk for particular diseases doesn’t encourage behavior modifications, according to a...

Haploid Stem Cells Created
A method that forces human eggs to divide can produce embryonic stem cells capable of division and differentiation with only one copy of each gene.