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In Nature this week: researchers from the NIH Common Fund Human Biomolecular Atlas Program discuss the project's mission, and more.

Discover's D-brief blog reports that researcher have bred calves from a bull that had undergone genome editing.

In Genome Biology this week: a quantitative MNase-seq approach to map nucleosomes, evaluation of nearly two dozen single-cell transcriptomics-based methods, and more.

In PLOS this week: genetic diversity of invasive Echium plantagineum, gene-miRNA interactions in abdominal aortic aneurysm, and more.

In PNAS this week: C2CD4A gene involved in insulin secretion, chromosome rearrangements in recurring S. aureus infections, and more.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of colorectal cancer progression, secretion system used by Vibrio cholerae, and more.

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

Illumina is contributing reagents for 100 genomes worth of short-read sequence data to help scientists generate 100 new high-quality reference genomes.

The team will create a group called the Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium Stage 2 to develop new EV-based technology and treat diseases.

The $10 million initiative will include scientists from the University of California's campuses, as well as from governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.