The J. Craig Venter Institute announced on Wednesday that it has successfully used S. cerevisiae to assemble the genome of the Mycoplasma genitalium bacteria, says this blog post at Good Read. Initially using E. coli, they switched to yeast and found the assembly platform could build the entire genome in one step, according to a yet-to-be published PNAS study.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.