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This Week in Science

In Science this week, a team from the University of Sussex describe their identification of small open reading frames, or smORFs, that encode peptides that regulate calcium transport in the Drosophila heart — suggesting that such peptides should not be neglected in genomic studies. A previous report showed that peptides as short as 11 amino acids are translated and provide "essential functions" during insect development.

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In PLOS this week: a sequencing-based screen of Lyme disease-causing pathogen, the range of animals bitten by Anopheles darling mosquitoes in Peru, and more.

An NC State researcher is exploring the use of CRISPR-Cas3 as an anti-microbial, Gizmodo reports.

The Earth BioGenome Project plans to sequence all life on Earth, according to ScienceInsider.

For those who are concerned about Trump administration actions related to science, a new column in Scientific American has suggestions for ways to fight back.