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The prototype system uses viral genome data to act as a framework for real-time molecular epidemiology and evolutionary analysis of emerging epidemics.

The Wellcome Trust, the Max Planck Society, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will continue to support the open-access journal eLife, according to Nature News.

For Success

Erin O'Shea, the next HHMI president, plans to enable women and under-represented groups to be successful, Nature News reports.

The funding, which is being provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will also be used to expand the lab's outreach efforts to underrepresented student groups.

Back to the Bench

Robert Tjian is stepping down at the end of next year as the head of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Three philanthropies have teamed up on a new program to support early career researchers in the biomedical sciences.

Illumina announced that Robert Epstein has joined its board of directors. Epstein formerly was chief R&D officer and president of Medco-UBC, and he was Medco’s chief medical officer for 13 years.

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The value of HHMI's endowment fund rose to $14.8 billion from nearly $14 billion in the previous fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009, as financial markets rebounded with the economy.

The instruments will be among the first 20 or so commercial sequencers shipped by PacBio and are expected to be delivered after mid-November. HHMI plans to select the host institutions in August.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.