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Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science and elsewhere report in the online early edition of Science that they uncovered 10 genes involved in the synthesis of steroidal glycoalkaloids. SGAs, the researchers note, are found in a number of crops like tomatoes and potatoes and are antinutritional factors, meaning that they can cause gastrointestinal and neurological disorders and, at high concentrations, can be lethal.

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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.