Stephen Quake's lab at Stanford has designed a microfluidic device that can be used to isolate a single bacterial cell and sequence its genome, reports Technology Review. Using this new technique to sequence the whole genome of unculturable bacterial cells could provide insight into infectious disease research, according to experts interviewed.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

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