Last week’s decision by the National Cancer Institute to permit individual principal investigators to purchase access to Celera’s database was hailed by Celera and NCI alike as a conciliatory conclusion to the often ugly rivalry between the company and the publicly funded Human Genome Project.

“In some ways, it’s a validation of the American way, which is to start competition,” said Stephen O’Brien, chief of the NCI’s laboratory of genomic diversity.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.