The California Healthcare Institute is pleading with Congress to spare the National Institutes of Health from an estimated $2.5 billion cut that would occur if sequestration takes effect, saying such a reduction in funding could compromise scientific innovation.

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.