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The US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute has retired the last of its Sanger sequencers. JGI now has only next-gen machines including Roche 454 FLX Titanium analyzers, Illumina GAIIx analyzers, and Illumina HiSeq 2000 analyzers. The institute is also a Pacific Biosciences early access customer.

Ivan Trifunovich is the new president and CEO of Helicos BioSciences, replacing Ron Lowy. Trifunovich has been a consultant for Helicos since August, and prior to that he was a strategic consultant to global life sciences companies.

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National Geographic reports that marine mammals have lost a gene that could make them more susceptible to organophosphate damage.

NPR reports on Human Cell Atlas Consortium's effort to catalog all the different cell types within the human body.

The Union of Concerned Scientists surveyed US government scientists about Trump Administration policies and more, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, approach for predicting human flu virus evolution, and more.