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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.

Some Big Trees

Researchers have sequenced the genomes of both the coast redwood and the giant sequoia, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In PNAS this week: signals of natural selection among Indigenous populations of North America, population and social structures of several European Stone Age burial sites, and more.

Researchers assembled a near chromosome-level genome for the cultivated octoploid strawberry, uncovering the plant's diploid progenitors and sub-genome interactions.

Gizmodo reports that researchers have linked a genetic variant to the screw-like tail of bulldogs and some terriers.

There are some deep divisions between the three main databases, some due to competitive pressures and others because of the nature of metabolomics.

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A study of families explores how children transmit SARS-CoV-2, according to the Associated Press.

US Agricultural Research Service scientists have sequenced the genome of the Asian giant hornet.

According to the Economist, pooled testing for COVID-19 could help alleviate strains on testing labs.

In Science this week: MIT researchers outline approach dubbed translatable components regression to predict treatment response among IBD patients.