The Japanese National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) has purchased GeneData’s Phylosopher comparative genomics software and will begin testing the package on March 29.

NITE, with an annual budget of 1.2 billion yen (US$9.7 million), will use the equipment to help annotate the genomes of various microbes, including two heat-resistant microbes it has already sequenced, Pyrococcus horikishii and Aeropyrum pernix.

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The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.