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In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of epigenetic age acceleration, antimicrobial resistance genes found in organic egg farm samples, and more.

The project represents the UK portion of a broader initiative to sequence the genomes of all 1.5 million known animals, plants, protozoa, and fungi.

The project is part of the Human Cell Atlas, an international effort to build reference maps of all human cell types using single-cell analysis.

The researchers molecularly characterized cells found in cirrhotic tissue that express genes involved in pro-fibrogenic pathways that could be targeted by drugs.

In PNAS this week: spatial transcriptomic approach for quantifying RNA transcripts within subcellular compartments, proteomic study of dental samples from individuals who lived during Ireland's Great Famine, and more.

Researchers uncovered six clusters among the more than 2,500 individuals they analyzed and noted varying degrees of Norse Viking ancestry in their cohort.

In PNAS this week: transcriptomic and epigenomic sequence differences in glioblastoma models, approach to analyze small amounts of extracellular RNA, and more.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.

To Invest in Postdocs

At the Guardian, the University of Edinburgh's Nikolay Ogryzko argues that universities need to better invest in postdocs' careers.

To Stop Bird Flu

Reuters reports that UK researchers have edited chicken cells in the lab to be resistant to bird flu.

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Forensic genetic firm Verogen has bought the genetic genealogy site GEDmatch.

Researchers have 3D-printed plastic bunnies that encase the information needed to make more such bunnies in DNA, according to Discover magazine.

Dan Rather, the former CBS Evening News anchor and executive producer of a new documentary, writes at the Guardian that everyone needs to know about CRISPR.

In PNAS this week: analysis of FOXA1 upregulation in ER-positive breast cancer, gene editing to correct recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, and more.