The uncertain US federal funding environment and the recent partial shutdown of the US government have conspired to create a shaky start to the new fiscal year at the National Human Genome Research Institute, NHGRI Director Eric Green writes in his Genomics Landscape update this week.

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Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

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