The US National Institutes of Health has issued a reminder that the ongoing sequestration cut of five percent to its budget, which amounted to nearly $1.6 billion in 2013, will lead to delays in advances of biomedical breakthroughs, such as research into a universal flu vaccine, or the prevention of chronic conditions, and common and rare diseases.

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Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.

In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.