This Week in Nature

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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Magdalena Skipper, the incoming editor-in-chief of Nature, speaks with NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

Genetic genealogy has led to an arrest in another cold case, dating back to 1987.

In PLOS this week: mutation in second gene widens clinical symptoms of people with ADD3 mutations, comparative genomic analysis of Pseudovibrio, and more.

Wired reports that 23andMe is trying to bolster its outside collaborations.