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This microbial catalog can help in understanding secondary-metabolite biosynthetic potential and resolving thousands of host linkages to uncultivated viruses.

The Unified Human Gastrointestinal Genome (UHGG) and Unified Human Gastrointestinal Protein (UHGP) catalogs include more than 4,600 human gut microbial representatives.

The projects are focused on the impact of microbe communities on soil nutrient cycling, and the relationship between gene function and beneficial plant traits.

Researchers focused on using existing computational methods to fill in gaps in the human microbiome without reference genomes.

Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Bumped Down

The fastest US supercomputer has dropped to fourth place in global rankings, Technology Review reports.

President Donald Trump's budget blueprint includes a nearly 20 percent cut for the National Institutes of Health.

DoE scientists said the data could be used to link DNA variations to phenotypes in the trees, and could even be useful for Cancer Moonshot researchers.

Say What You Want

The Department of Energy has announced a new scientific integrity policy, the Verge reports.

The collaborators aim to build an artificial intelligence network that will support Vice President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative.

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.

In Nature this week: Australian lungfish provides details on the movement of vertebrate life from water to land, and more.