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This Week in PNAS

In a paper published online in advance in PNAS this week, a team led by investigators at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign surveys six gastrointestinal microbiomes drawn from three different domesticated vertebrates — two swine, two cattle, and two chickens — using "carefully curated deep 16S rRNA hypervariable tag sequencing data." The authors say that their analyses "strongly suggest that these microbiomes have, in fact, been assembled through processes that involve a

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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.