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In Nucleic Acids Research this week: structure diversity of alphavirus genomes, assay for detecting SNPs using sequencing-based mismatch detection clues, and more.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: half-a-dozen Aspergillus sequenced, genetic similarities between friends and classmates, and more.

Got the Skills

PhD training imparts professional skills that are important in a range of careers, Science Careers reports.

Participants in the pilot will begin developing the capabilities required for the planned data commons, including making data transparent and interoperable.

The consortium aims to advance the use of genomics in the clinic, with a particular  focus on diverse and underserved patient populations.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: blood pressure and hypertension loci in people of African ancestry, Plasmodium vivax population genomics, and more.

These tardigrade-specific proteins form a disordered, glass-like solid structure and could be used to help transport pharmaceuticals.

Oliver Smithies Dies

Oliver Smithies, who won the Nobel Prize in 2007, has died, the New York Times reports.

The researchers added that these expression changes could be used to predict when a bloom might occur.

When it comes to fully enrolling infants in sequencing studies, parental enthusiasm sometimes seems to wane due to logistical considerations and privacy concerns. 


360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.