This Week in Nature

In a paper published online in advance this week in Nature, investigators at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and elsewhere report genome sequences for 17 inbred strains of lab mice, in which they identified "almost 10-times more variants than previously known." The authors suggest that "these sequences provide a starting point for a new era in the functional analysis of a key model organism." Our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more on this study.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.