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Really Light Weekend Reading July 15

Could Your Old Poop Cure You of Future Diseases?

Fecal transplants can fix gut diseases, but finding the right donor stool is tricky. The solution, some scientists believe, is to keep a store of your own.

Could Your Old Poop Cure You of Future Diseases? | WIRED

Vertex absorbs ViaCyte and its stem cell-based diabetes treatment for $320M, clearing out competition

Vertex buys ViaCyte for $320M, clearing out T1D competition (fiercebiotech.com)

Edits to a cholesterol gene could stop the biggest killer on earth

In a first, a patient in New Zealand has undergone gene-editing to lower their cholesterol. It could be the beginning of new era in disease prevention.

Editing cholesterol genes could stop the biggest killer on earth | MIT Technology Review

Embryo Cells Set Patterns for Growth by Pushing and Pulling

Patterns that guide the development of feathers and other features can be set by mechanical forces in the embryo, not just by gradients of chemicals.

Embryo Cells Set Patterns for Growth by Pushing and Pulling | Quanta Magazine

They blazed a trail by having their brains linked to computers. Now they want to help shape the field’s future

Pioneers of ‘brain-computer interfaces’ seek to shape the field's future (statnews.com)

Labcorp launches blood test for a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases and brain injuries

Labcorp debuts blood test for several neurodegenerative diseases (fiercebiotech.com)

Newly Recognized Dementia Called LATE May Hit 40 Percent of Older People

The pathological buildup of a protein known as TDP-43 can lead to an Alzheimer’s-like disorder

Newly Recognized Dementia Called LATE May Hit 40 Percent of Older People - Scientific American

The radical plan for vaccine equity

Charity failed to provide adequate vaccines for the global south. Now, 15 countries are seeing whether an open-science model can end a dangerous legacy of dependency.

Unseating big pharma: the radical plan for vaccine equity (nature.com)