Markers/Short Reads


This month marks the passing of an idiosyncrasy that has been with GenBank since 1995: its 350-kilobase limit on the length of sequences entered into the database.


NIH announced the launch of its Chemical Genomics Center under the aegis of NHGRI. According to NIH, this is the first unit of a planned network that will be followed by up to 10 pilot centers expected to be funded for FY 2005.


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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.