NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Obama Administration tomorrow will honor several genomics and molecular biology researchers who have focused on making large and complex sets of biological data open and widely accessible to the larger research community.

The list of 13 scientists who will receive the Open Science Champions of Change honor at the White House tomorrow includes seven genomic and molecular scientists including Atul Butte, David Altshuler, David Lipman, Drew Endy, John Quackenbush, Kathy Giusti, and Stephen Friend, among other investigators in a range of fields.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.