This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature Communications, researchers from Aarhus University reported the whole genome sequence of the social velvet spider and a draft genome sequence of the tarantula, providing new insights into their production of venom and silk. The study points to proteins that may be involved in the processing and activation of toxins in venom and offers clues about the composition of spider silk proteins.

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A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

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