Genome sequencing "newcomer" Ion Torrent is the first contestant to qualify for the $10 million Genomics X Prize since the rules were revised last October, says ScienceInsider's Elizabeth Pennisi.
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NPR reports that Turkish high school students will no longer study evolution.
Researchers report they sequenced and identified plant species in an "al fresco" laboratory.
An Australian team searches for genetic alterations linked to depression in hopes of developing personalized treatments, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
In PNAS this week: host contributors to typhoid fever risk, effects of obesity-related variants near TMEM18, and more.