This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, Umea University researchers report the draft assembly of the Norway spruce genome sequence, marking the first such milestone for any gymnosperm. Despite the size of its genome, the number of well-supported genes of the tree is similar to the much smaller genome of Arabidopsis thaliana, and they found no evidence of recent whole-genome duplication in the gymnosperm lineage.

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A new report highlights the potential threats posed by advances in synthetic biology, NPR reports.

A Bloomberg reporter tried to get her genetic data deleted, but found it's not so simple to do.

Johns Hopkins University's Steven Salzberg and his colleagues have come up with a new estimate for the number of human genes, Nature News reports.

In Genome Research this week: study of intra-tumor heterogeneity, workflow resources for EPIGEN-Brazil, and more.