This Week in Science

In this week's Science, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and collaborators describe the reconstruction of the nearly complete genomes of 21 bacteria that have been widely detected in anaerobic environments, but whose metabolisms remained unclear. The investigators delivered acetate to an aquifer to stimulate the bacteria, then filtered out microbial cells. Of the 49 distinct genomes detected, they were able to mostly complete 21 genomes.

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In PLOS this week: locus linked to non-syndromic hearing loss, phylogenetic relationships of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates, and more.

In a column at Nature, researcher Fyodor Kondrashov worries about the influence of politics on Russian science.

The term 'epigenetics' is being used by quacks to give them a veneer of science, writes Adam Rutherford at the Observer.

The NIH has issued a preliminary guidance for newborn dried blood spot research.