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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.

Patterns in the Data

US Department of Energy supercomputers will help power the Cancer Moonshot initiative, Stat News reports.

The partners have planned a three-year pilot and selected three NCI projects to benefit from supercomputers and expertise offered by four DOE labs.

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Nature News reports that genomics is being applied to trace and try to prevent additional COVID-19 waves.

Rady's Children Hospital and San Diego County are teaming up to test pediatric patients and their families for COVID-19 to gauge the spread of the virus locally, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Wildlife managers aim to boost the genetic diversity of Mexican gray wolves by placing captive-born foster pups into packs with similarly aged wild pups, the Mercury News reports.

In Science this week: Genetic Probability tool identifies likely diagnoses in 45 percent of inflammatory arthritis cases, and more.