Both The Verge and NPR have stories up on the use of antibiotics in American livestock.
And Australian officials have labeled Katy Perry's latest album a "bio-security concern," not for the music but for the fact that the singer included a small packet of seeds, which she apparently encouraged fans to plant.
NPR asks whether providing your microbiome data to big projects may have privacy implications. If you don't care about privacy, here's a story on Ubiome, a startup that will analyze your body bacteria for a mere $89. And here's a piece on why babies may have weak immune systems (spoiler: it's to let the good bacteria in).
And Jason Tetro has a good explainer at PopSci's Under the Microscope blog on using microbes to fight microbes, to help get around antibiotic resistance.
In creepy crawly news:
Carl Zimmer has a piece the fear of snakes. Scientists say that your fear of snakes might be concentrated in the neurons of the pulvinar, a brain region that may quickly focus attention to specific objects. Like... snakes.
A new book has gorgeous photos of insects, worms, and other small creatures.
The New York Times has a piece on those mysterious oarfish that have washed up on the shores of California. Larval tapeworms, a spiny headed worm, and other parasites found in one of the fish may give clues as to the fish's origin.
And, researchers in China uncovered the oldest known fossil of two insects in the throes of passion.