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This Week in Nature

There's a slew of papers in the early online edition of Nature on stem cells. "Five studies show that disabling p53, an essential tumour-suppressor protein, improves the efficiency of stem-cell production," says a News and Views authored in part by Scott Lowe. "Are these results a 'heads up' that cancer cells and stem cells are disturbingly similar?"

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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.