Beijing can have notoriously smoggy air, and researchers led by Tsinghua University's Ting Zhu turned to metagenomic approaches to analyze the microbes portion of particulate matter pollution there.
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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.
Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.
Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.
In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.