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In PLOS Biology, investigators involved with the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea, or GEBA, outline the rationale for and proposed scope of the sequencing project — a systematic approach to characterizing microbial diversity and genomics.

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.