Jonathan Eisen points out JGI's Community Sequencing Program whereby researchers can get genomes sequenced for free. All you have to do is write a proposal related to sequencing projects with relevance to global carbon cycling, alternative energy production, and biogeochemistry, and then have it selected by a review committee.

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National Geographic reports that marine mammals have lost a gene that could make them more susceptible to organophosphate damage.

NPR reports on Human Cell Atlas Consortium's effort to catalog all the different cell types within the human body.

The Union of Concerned Scientists surveyed US government scientists about Trump Administration policies and more, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, approach for predicting human flu virus evolution, and more.