Cisco Systems' chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior tells Tech Review that a national CTO, a position that President Obama promised to create, should focus on e-initiatives that would make the government "more efficient and open." Warrior is thought to be at the top of the candidates' list. She also says that innovation needs to be harnessed to boost the economy and that cybersecurity needs to be addressed, especially as cloud computing becomes more prevalent.

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.