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This Week in PLoS

In PLoS Computational Biology this week, University of Leeds scientist Stefan Auer led work that studied how nanoparticles affect protein aggregation. Using molecular dynamics simulations of a system of hundreds of peptides over a millisecond timescale, his team showed that the aggregation is a two-phase process. The peptides first assemble on the nanoparticle and then "evolve into highly ordered beta-sheets as their size increases."

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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.