ENCODE Explosion

The Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, or ENCODE, project just published a glut of papers —30 publications in a variety of journals from more than 440 researchers — looking at the function of various regions of the human genome. The project's "aim is to catalogue the 'functional' DNA sequences that lurk there, learn when and in which cells they are active and trace their effects on how the genome is packaged, regulated and read," writes Brendan Maher at Nature.

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NPR reports that researchers in Italy are testing a gene drive aimed at controlling mosquito populations.

Researchers may experience the effects of the government shutdown for a while, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A new study finds that the majority of patients at a Tijuana clinic received a diagnosis after first-line genome sequencing, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

In Genome Biology this week: post-transcriptional modification-based stratification of glioblastoma, single-cell analysis of gene expression and methylation in human iPSCs, and more.