A lot of data had been produced in the biomedical sciences, and the US National Institute of Health has picked Philip Bourne, a professor and an associate vice chancellor of innovation and industry alliance at the University of California, San Diego, to head up an effort at the agency to make the best use of such big data. Bourne is to be the first associate director for data science at the agency.

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The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

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In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.