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At $50 million, the 1,000 Genomes Project is a steal, writes blogger Michael White at Adaptive Complexity. Not only will it make large amounts of genome sequence data available up front, the project will delve into more detailed SNP maps -- to more precisely map actual genetic variation to disease -- as well as structural variation, another major disease culprit that the HapMap doesn't cover.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.