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Gut Microbiome, Fire and Forests, and KC Fireworks: Lux Recommends #215

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #215, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Waking up: “Fire has sent some of Australia’s most popular national parks into an eerie slumber, but new growth is breaking through the blackness.” — Adam G

More than half of clinical trials still hidden from public viewAdam G

Highlights from studies on the gut microbiome: “Researchers strive to understand how microbes affect health and disease. “— Friend of Lux Guy Perelmuter

Human Body-on-Chip platform enables in vitro prediction of drug behaviors in humans: “Fluidically-linked systems of multiple human Organ Chips that quantitatively predict drug pharmacokinetics may offer alternatives to some animal tests” — Ian

Does a Famous Bay Area Pizza Help Induce Labor? Expectant Moms Think So: “Doctors say there’s no magical food that can cause contractions to start, but that hasn’t stopped parents-to-be from lining up for the ‘Prego’” — Adam K

Step aside CRISPR, RNA editing is taking off: “Making changes to the molecular messengers that create proteins might offer flexible therapies for cancer, pain or high cholesterol, in addition to genetic disorders.”— Ian

There’s a Cancer Treatment That Gives People ‘Night Vision’, And We Finally Know Why — Lux Recommends reader Greg Greenberg

Super Bowl celebration in Kansas City was so big it showed up on weather radarSam

The world split into 7 equal areas of populationAdam K

And an article by Tim Lu, CEO of Lux portfolio company Senti Biosciences: Gene Circuits Empower Next-Generation Cell and Gene Therapies

Richard Pryor: Live in Concert: “Richard Pryor’s classic 1979 concert film has him discussing a wide range of topics, including race, the police and his favorite target — himself.” — Adam G

Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!: ‘Ronny Chieng (“The Daily Show,” “Crazy Rich Asians”) takes center stage in this stand-up special and riffs on modern American life and more.’ — Adam G

Watch the Mesmerizing VFX Reel for The Rise of SkywalkerAdam K

Mesmerizing Time-Lapse GIFs of Cacti Flowers in BloomAdam K

Trumpetfish hunts its prey at night with the help of a scuba diver’s lightAdam K

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