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This Week in PNAS

In the PNAS Early Edition this week, a team led by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows that "individuality in gut microbiota composition is a complex polygenic trait shaped by multiple environmental and host genetic factors." Namely, using quantitative pyrosequencing of the microbiota in 645 intercross line mice, the team found a core measurable microbiota of 64 taxonomic groups, within which they identified "co-segregation with 530 fully informative SNP markers" and "18 host quantitative trait loci that show significant or suggestive genome-wide linkage with re

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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.