Health and Rec Scoop—Nov 14-20

Popular Science magazine has given a “Best of What’s New Award” to a low-cost in-vitro fertilization method developed by researchers at CU Boulder. The method, called The Walking Egg, involves small, common pieces of medical equipment and can be feasibly used in developing countries and off the grid. Read more here.

CU Boulder also released a paper claiming that chemicals found in fracking fluid are no more harmful than common household products. The paper is the first of its kind, not surprising considering that the chemical makeup of fracking fluid is typically considered proprietary information.

This week marks the last chance to sign up for Gut Check, a free, public Coursera course that teaches participants about the human micro biome’s role in digestive health. CU Boulder’s Knight Lab, which created the course, also founded a mail-in micro biome sequencing project called American Gut. Sequencing costs $99; sign up here.

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