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The microbes that live in our gut are essential to good health. Alpha Tauri 3D Graphics/SHutterstock.com

The key to our humanity isn’t genetic, it’s microbial

The effort to edit the genes of Chinese twins implies that all our traits are determined by our genes. But changing our diet, environment, lifestyle and microbes may have a greater effect.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne says in a statement that ASIS officers. often work in dangerous areas including under warlike conditions. Lukas Coch/AAP

Australia’s spies to be allowed to use more force

The legislation also will enable the Foreign Minister to specify extra people, such as a hostage, who may be protected by an ASIS staffer or agent.
Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Alexander Petrov (left) and Ruslan Boshirov. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/PA Images

Skripal case: a sense of déjà vu that poses problems for Britain

The Skripal case shows how Russian intelligence services have the confidence to carry out shoddy operations, seemingly unconcerned about whether or not they will be discovered.

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