As expected, last week’s simultaneous publication of Celera’s and the Human Genome Project’s sequencing papers sparked a flurry of debate over the relative strength of the two assembly methods and the quality of the resulting data.

Proponents of the public effort were quick to point out that Celera relied much more heavily upon data from the Human Genome Project than it had originally claimed, and that the bulk of the analysis in Celera’s Science paper was derived from its compartmentalized shotgun assembly rather than its whole genome assembly.

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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.