First it was the number of genes. Now it’s the number of bases.

It turns out that the human genome may be as much as 10 percent smaller than originally thought. “The chromosomes are coming out smaller than what we expected,” says Robert Sutherland, who is working on finishing chromosome 16 at the Joint Genome Institute at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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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.