This Week in Nature

In a paper published online in advance in Nature this week, a team led by investigators at the National Cancer Institute shows that "CTCF-promoted RNA polymerase II pausing links DNA methylation to splicing," thus, it says, providing "a mechanistic basis for developmental regulation of splicing outcome through heritable epigenetic marks."

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.