Let's imagine a world without GenBank. Instead, results of the Human Genome Project and all the other genome projects have, over the years, been published intermittently on the personal homepages of the labs that did the sequencing. Some labs set up a nice little spreadsheet of their reads and made them available for download, but the formats tend to vary wildly across labs so it's tough to integrate these reads to build a larger picture.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.