Welcoming a new year often means looking back on the past to see how far we have come. In Genome Technology's February 2001 issue, we showcased 16 "rising stars of the new biology." Among them were Ewan Birney — "Britain's Bioinformatics Boy Wonder" — and Steven Brenner, who was then an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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A draft bill released by the US House of Representatives appropriations committee would increase the 2019 National Institutes of Health budget by 3 percent.

Bloomberg looks into privacy issues raised by law enforcement's use of genetic genealogy sites.

NBC News reports on the Earth BioGenome Project, which aims to sequence all eukaryotic life on Earth.

In Science this week: environmental DNA can help in studies of marine animals, and more.