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This Week in PLoS

An international team led by investigators at China's Huazhong Agricultural University presents an analysis of 20 Mycoplasma genomes in PLoS One this week. In its investigation, the team found "several key genes, which are related to DNA replication and repair and can be disrupted in transposon mutagenesis studies, [that] may be critical for bacteria survival especially over long period natural selection," it writes.

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Harold Varmus, a former NIH director, says that proposed reductions to the agency's budget are worrisome.

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

The new Coalition to Save NIH Funding aims to educate lawmakers and the public on the significance of biomedical research.

In PLOS this week: analysis of viral sequences from human blood samples, gut microbiomes of heart failure patients, and more.