OAKLAND, Calif.--Bioinformatics industry insiders expressed skepticism this month after DoubleTwist announced that it had used a proprietary computational method to identify "with high confidence" 65,000 genes, as well as another possible 40,000 genes, in the Human Genome Project's draft sequence data. The company, which has positioned itself as an internet-based research portal, said it intends to package and sell its results as the DoubleTwist Human Genome Database.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.