The National Center for Biotechnology Information is asking for the bioinformatics community's input on a proposed Blast XML specification update planned for release in the summer of 2014.

The update, according to the development team, is intended to improve the consistency of the Blast output with XML standards as well as put in place new and useful elements.

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Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.

Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmental DNA sampling can be used to track elusive organisms.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive satellite DNA in the fruit fly, transcriptome map assembly pipeline, and more.