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Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Helicos BioSciences followed the half-lives of more than 21,000 messenger RNAs in yeast using the so-called anchor-away approach — a method that involves conditioning depleting cell nuclei of a polymerase II subunit component and then sequencing RNA in the cells as it became depleted. Based on their analysis of 21,248 transcript isoforms, the investigators identified variability in mRNA half-life, even amongst similar or identical isoforms.

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Harold Varmus, a former NIH director, says that proposed reductions to the agency's budget are worrisome.

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

The new Coalition to Save NIH Funding aims to educate lawmakers and the public on the significance of biomedical research.

In PLOS this week: analysis of viral sequences from human blood samples, gut microbiomes of heart failure patients, and more.