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The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking volunteers to participate in the Sequencing Quality Control project with the aim of providing objective assessments of DNA and RNA analysis technologies and the software designed to manage and analyze the "massive new data sets" that next-generation tools create. Volunteers could include vendors of next-gen sequencing tools and institutions interested in generating, managing, analyzing, and interpreting data.

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.