NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A national research consortium seeking to characterize the microbiomes from ordinary people and make that data publicly available has raised $340,000 through an online crowdfunding campaign.

The American Gut Project, which will sequence the microbiota from gut, oral, nasal, and skin samples provided by contributors, is raising money largely from the participants who donate the samples.

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Congress approved a bill Friday that would increase the US National Institutes of Health's funding by $2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

UK's Labour Party calls for a ban on non-invasive prenatal testing for determining sex, BBC News reports.

Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher warns in a New York Times op-ed that more people are going to need help figuring out what their consumer genetic testing results mean.

In PLOS this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity patterns, genomic analysis of Thoroughbred horse origins, and more.