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This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genome and transcriptome sequencing study of tobacco plants, molecular effects of cytochrome c oxidase mutations, and more.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: variability in iPSCs, the silver birch, and more.

The researchers uncovered evidence of selective sweeps within the silver birch genome that were associated with differences in environment.

The Finnish bioinformatics firm will aid European researchers and animal-focused diagnostics companies in developing a functional annotation of the dog genome.

In the study, the partners will perform exome sequencing and whole-genome array genotyping on more than 9,000 individuals with diabetes or with diabetic relatives.

Speakers at the CVS meeting in Florida last week spoke about the utility and effectiveness of sequencing approaches in the study of viruses.

Researchers found that children who have taken macrolide antibiotics have distinctive microbiomes and that some of those changes are persistent.

A method developed at MIT creates polyacrylamide beads around droplets containing single cells to sequester bacterial genomes and allow for harsh lysis conditions; it then uses concatenated PCR and sequencing to address links between phylogeny and function.

The University's Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland will incorporate Labcyte's Echo acoustic liquid handling technology into multiple workflows.

With exome sequencing, researchers unearth a recurrent mutation behind a rare condition called progressive myoclonus epilepsy.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.