This Week in PNAS

In the early, online edition of PNAS this week, Japanese and American researchers report on stripped down bacterial genomes developed from the industrial bug Streptomyces avermitilis. By systematically deleting non-essential genes, the team was left with deletion mutations containing between 81 and 83 percent of the original S. avermitilis genome.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.