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In Cell Metabolism this week, Francis Collins and his colleagues at the National Human Genome Research Institute provide a "global snapshot of the human islet epigenome," with which they've elucidated insights into type 2 diabetes susceptibility loci. By performing a genome-wide analysis of sites hypersensitive to DNAse I, the NHGRI-led team found around 18,000 putative promoters, several hundred of which were previously "unannotated and islet-active," the authors write.

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The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: algorithm to determine molecular sequence types and other microbial features, computational method to uncover R-loop structures, and more.