Building for Breakthroughs

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By Meredith W. Salisbury

A Democrat was president, Harold Varmus was director of NIH, and InforMax, reveling in its success, had just doubled its staff. It was the very late ’90s, and it was becoming obvious even to skeptics that the human genome would in fact be fully sequenced in a matter of a year or two. For folks at the National Human Genome Research Institute, that meant the beginning of a new worry — what would come next?

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.