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With news of the launch of Pacific Biosciences' SMRT machine, Keith Robison at Omics! Omics! takes a minute to blog about the company. There are few challenges that the company faces, he says, and the main one is meeting demand for machines. "The system has three salient positive characteristics which can sell machines: extremely long reads, relatively fast sample-to-sequence time, and the ability to directly detect modified or non-canonical bases.

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As we enter conference season, Nature News asks why graduate students and postdocs are sometimes forced to choose between paying the rent and paying to attend important meetings.

A new analysis says that a 2018 study claiming to show biparental mtDNA inheritance has several flaws.

In PNAS this week: a genome sequence analysis of Crucihimalaya himalaica, multicellularity and fruiting body development in mushroom-forming fungi, and more.

Two researchers are calling for education for scientists on defending facts.