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NEW YORK – Through the third phase of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Project, researchers have uncovered millions of additional regulatory regions within the human genome.

In more than a dozen papers appearing in Nature and related journals on Wednesday, ENCODE researchers described the nearly 6,000 additional datasets they generated to search for functional elements within the human and mouse genomes. 

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Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

Noel Rose, the "father of autoimmunity," has died at 92, the Washington Post reports.

According to CNN, Legionella was discovered in buildings leased by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they reopened following coronavirus pandemic-related closures.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of malaria parasite populations in Southeast Asia, genomic surveillance of yellow fever virus in São Paulo, and more.