Volume 581 Issue 7808



News Features

News & Views

Statin drugs might boost healthy gut microbes p.263

An analysis of faecal samples reveals that obese people who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have a ‘healthier’ community of gut microorganisms than would be expected. What are the implications of this surprising finding?

doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-01281-0

Fourth defence molecule completes antiviral line-up p.266

Toll-like receptors can initiate an immune response when they detect signs of a viral or microbial threat. New insight into how such receptor activation drives defence programs should aid our efforts to understand autoimmune diseases.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-01336-2