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In early online publication in Nature this week, Helicos BioSciences scientists report directly sequencing single molecule RNA from Saccharomyces cerevisiae without first converting it to cDNA. The end goal of this proof-of-principle study, led by Patrice Milos, is a "comprehensive and bias-free understanding of transcriptomes," says the abstract.

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Researchers representing scientists and students of Chinese descent voice their concerns about recent US policies and rhetoric.

Wired reports that researchers have shown they could reprogram a DNA-based computer.

Researchers say increased diversity in genomic studies will benefit all, PBS NewsHour reports.

In Science this week: whole-genome sequencing of single sperm cells, and more.