This Week in PNAS

In the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team from Italy and the US describes patterns found in the genomes of symbiotic and free-living Polynucleobacter necessarius — a bacterial species expected to offer clues about processes that can contribute to genome reduction. By sequencing the genome of symbiotic P.

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CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.