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In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool for examining transcription factor-DNA binding intensities, algorithm for classifying metagenomic sequence data, and more.

Still Evolving

A new paper in PNAS finds that people are still evolving, but with increased pressure on weight and decreased pressure on intelligence.

The team developed an equipment-free dipstick device using untreated cellulose-based paper to quickly collect and purify genetic material for amplification.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.

A team of Australian researchers reconstructed 7,280 bacterial and 623 archaeal genomes from publicly availably metagenomic data.

The researchers identified proteins that the starfish emit when aggregating to reproduce, and could be used to create synthetic chemicals to help capture and eradicate the pest. 

Researchers described the development and testing of layered double hydroxide nanosheets as carriers for RNAi molecules in agriculture.

Researchers at Children's National Health System, Illumina, and the University of Queensland found that exome sequencing solved 42 percent of unresolved cases.

The funding will support the creation of a genomics research consortium of Australian academic and government research organizations.

Researchers from the University of Queensland reported that many independent loci contribute to genetic differences in height and body mass index across European populations.

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Mice in New York harbor both antibiotic-resistant bacteria and novel viruses, according to a new analysis of their fecal microbiomes.

Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative has issued guidelines for genomic research in the region, according to Nature News.

The Associated Press reports that an ethicist predicts that prenatal diagnosis and other advances will lead to more choices being available to prospective parents.

In Genome Biology this week: approach to analyze alternative polyadenylation, algorithm to predict transcriptomic structural variations, and more.