This Week in Nature

Scientists have sequenced and analyzed the 98 million-base pair genome of the placozoan Trichoplax adhaerens, a simple organism belonging to the 'eumetazoan' clade. Whole-genome analysis showed diverse transcription factor and signaling pathway genes that suggest complexity in this primitive life form.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.