It's a big day for J. Craig. (Or is every day a big day when you're J. Craig? We're not sure.) In a paper published in PLoS Biology on which Venter is senior author, scientists describe the microbiota metagenomic study that emerged from the Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling expedition.

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The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

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