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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – By scouring the content of soil microbiomes, researchers have uncovered a new class of antibiotic.

Chemicals produced by microorganisms have been a key source of antibiotics.  Calcium-dependent antibiotics have been particularly helpful in treating multi-drug resistant infections, leading a Rockefeller University-led team of researchers to search for gene clusters linked to that function within a series of environmental metagenome samples.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.