Building off of other people's code isn't a new bioinformatics trick, and it makes sense to do it, claims this post at Bioinformatics Zen. Here, he explores how to programmatically get active EMBL files from the EBI database using BioRuby and Ruby On Rails, building off of existent code. For the most part, he considers how to store the object after it has been downloaded once, and then reload it every time it's called again.

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American scientists find themselves once again warning the Trump administration not to dismiss science, the New Yorker report.

A new study suggests CRISPR could be used to save coral reefs from dying off, Forbes reports.

Researchers have found that the i-motif shape of DNA previously observed in the lab also exists in human cells, and that it may serve a purpose.

In PNAS this week: a genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic analysis of the tea plant, Arabidopsis thaliana's adaptations to specific local environments, and more.