Its genome may be puny compared to those of other organisms being sequenced, but the bacteria Tropheryma whipplei gives Stephen Bentley undeniable enthusiasm.

Bentley led the team, which included members from Sanger, Stanford, the University of Birmingham and the University of Heidelberg, to sequence T. whipplei, an intestine-dwelling bug that causes Whipple’s disease.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.