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In a paper published online in advance in Genome Research this week, the University of Washington's James Thomas and Sean Schneider report what they call "a striking correlation across vertebrate genomes between the number of LTR retroelements and the number of host tandem ZF [zinc finger] genes," which, they add, is "not explained by covariation in other genomic features." In addition, the UW duo shows that "recently active LTR retroelements are correlated with recent tandem

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In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.